Military and Overseas Citizens Voters
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) protects the voting rights for Uniformed Services members and members of the US merchant marine, their families and all US citizens residing outside of the United States. In Massachusetts these voters are called Specially Qualified Voters.
The primary form for requesting an absentee ballot for Specially Qualified Voters is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
If you are already a registered voter who is temporarily overseas see the Elections page.
Federal Post Card Application
The Federal Voter Assistance Program has complete instructions on filling out the FPCA.
REMEMBER TO INCLUDE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS. E-mail is the fastest way to communicate.
Absentee voters should request an absentee ballot at least 60 days before an election. This will allow enough by-mail transit time.
The FPCA must be received in the Clerk’s Office by NOON the Monday before an election.
FPCA forms may be mailed, faxed, or scanned and e-mailed to our office. See contact information below.
Eligibility to Vote in Andover
Overseas Citizens: May vote in Andover if it is the community where the citizen last resided immediately prior to departing the US.
Military Citizens: May vote in Andover if the citizen’s present domicile (place where he lives and plans to remain) is Andover and the citizen is out of town due to active service in the Uniformed Services, US merchant marine, or that citizen’s spouse or family member.
The Town Clerk’s Office and Board of Registrars determines a citizen’s eligibility to vote in Andover. On the FPCA please include as much information regarding your Andover address as possible – including the year you last lived in Andover.
Local and Primary Elections: Ballots must be received by the close of polls Election Day
General Elections: Ballots mailed from outside the US must be postmarked by election day and received by 5:00 p.m. no later than 10 days after the Election. Faxed and e-mailed ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. election day.
Mailing Tips: For timely return of ballots it is recommended that you use the APO or FPO through your military installation or the Diplomatic Post Office through an Embassy or Consulate. There is no charge for mailing ballots through Military of Diplomatic Mail. Make sure there is a clear Post Mark for the date of mailing.
If using a foreign mail service please ensure that proper postage is used and that there is a clear Post Mark for the date of mailing.
Faxing Tips: The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides a transmission service that allows balloting materials to be faxed at no cost. See FVAB website for complete information.
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is only available to UOCAVA voters who have timely requested but not received their regular absentee ballot.
The Federal Write-In Ballot is available through Voting Assistance Officers at military installations, embassies, consulates and online, Federal Write-In Ballot
For more information click here: Federal Voter Assistance Program (FWAB).
For more information on military or overseas voters, please contact us at (978) 623-8256, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810