Military & Overseas Voter Registration

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows military and overseas citizens to register and vote-by-mail. All military and overseas citizens must use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register, or re-register, to vote.

Who can use the Federal Post Card Application?

To use the FPCA, you must be one of the following:

  • A member of the armed services, stationed stateside or overseas.
  • A spouse or dependent of a member of the armed forces.
  • A citizen of the United States temporarily living outside of the United States.
  • A US citizen who is permanently living overseas.
  • A citizen serving on a merchant vessel documented under US laws.

Do I need to submit an FPCA?

If you have previously registered to vote in Shasta County and your name, residence address and/or political party has not changed, then you do not need to submit an FPCA. 

You can use the Confirm Your Address tool to submit your information and we will check if that information is current within Shasta County. If it is not, an elections employee will reach out to you. 

Where can I get a Federal Post Card Application?

Applications are available at the Federal Voting Assistance Program, with the Voting Assistance Officer of any military base, at any Elections office or American Consulate office.

The Elections office must receive the FPCA no later than 15 days before an election, but it is recommended that you register to vote at least 90 days beforehand.

You must complete another FPCA form if you change your name, residence address, or political party.

Visit the California Secretary of State for more information.