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Which States have expanded use of the FWAB?
 

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is accepted in all states for registered voters whose ballots do not arrive in time.


It is also accepted in some states as a ballot in special, primary, and run-off elections in addition to General (federal) Elections. This means that when overseas voters do not receive their official ballots on time, the FWAB can now more frequently be used as an alternative.


State by State guidelines to FVAP.

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is accepted in ALL  states for registered voters who have requested a ballot whose ballots do not arrive in time for voting in federal elections.

 

The use of the Federal Write In Absentee Ballot has been expanded in half of the States  in different ways. Please take the time to read your State’s requirements and restrictions on the use of the FWAB.

 

Do not rely on this method, but use it in emergencies. Last minute registration does not allow time for you to provide additional or corrected information in the case of a registration denial.

 

 

 


Alabama
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.
Alaska
Uniformed Services members, an eligible spouse or dependent, or an U.S. citizen residing outside of the United States and intend to return, can use the FWAB to register to vote and vote in all elections for federal and State offices, including ballot measures. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States whose intent to return is uncertain or U.S. citizens who have never resided in the United States can use the FWAB to register to vote and vote in all elections for federal office. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

Arizona
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.
Arkansas
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

California
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Colorado
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Connecticut
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

Delaware
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
If you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and your return is not certain, you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.
All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Florida
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices.

Georgia
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Hawaii
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.
Idaho
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Illinois
You must have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Indiana
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
If you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the United States and your return is not certain, you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.
All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Iowa
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.
The rules about the use of the FWAB are complicated in this state. Please go to the website to see the exact guidelines.
https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/uocava/alternatives.html
Kansas
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

Kentucky
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.
Louisiana
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

Maine
You can use the the FWAB to register, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal and State offices as well as ballot measures.
Maryland
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
U.S. citizens residing outside the United States whose return is not certain can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.
All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Massachusetts
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal and State offices as well as ballot measures.
Michigan
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Minnesota
You can use the FWAB to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
U.S. citizens residing outside the United States whose return is not certain and U.S. citizens who have never resided in the United States can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.
All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Mississippi
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Elections Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Missouri
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Montana
A FWAB is a blank write-in ballot that does not contain any offices or candidate’s names. UOCAVA voters may register, if not already registered, and vote in any election (13-21-225, MCA) using the FWAB.
Nebraska
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Nevada
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.
Overseas citizens can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.


New Hampshire
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

New Jersey
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
U.S. citizens residing outside the United States whose return is not certain, can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.
All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.


New Mexico
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

New York
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
If you are a Uniformed Service member (or eligible family member), you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.
If you are an overseas citizen, you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.

North Carolina
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

North Dakota
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.
Ohio
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Oklahoma
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal and State offices.

Oregon
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Pennsylvania
If you are a Uniformed Service member or eligible family member, you can use the FWAB to register to vote and vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
If you are an overseas citizen and have already requested an absentee ballot, you may use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures. If not, you can only use the FWAB to vote in elections for federal office.

Rhode Island
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

South Carolina
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot by October 22 in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

South Dakota
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.
Tennessee
The FWAB can be used to temporarily register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Texas
All voters must be registered and have already requested an absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
If you are a U.S. citizen residing outside the United States whose return is not certain, you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.
All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Utah
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Vermont
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

Virginia
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Washington
The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

West Virginia
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.

You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.
Wisconsin
If you are a Uniformed Service member, you can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.
All other UOCAVA voters must already be registered to use the FWAB. You can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.

Wyoming
You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot by October 22 in order to use the FWAB.
You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.


Source: FVAP/gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

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