According to RSA 657:19-a, “[a]n absentee ballot request on the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or in any other form received on or after January 1 of each year shall be valid through December 31 of the same year for all state and municipal elections to be held in that year, subject to the request of the voter and the eligibility of the voter. Provided, however, that an absentee ballot for the presidential primary shall be sent to all voters requesting an absentee ballot for the primary or any election prior to the primary during the general election year and the prior year.”
An FPCA received in January of 2011 is valid through the 2012 Presidential Primary, to the extent that the voter indicated that he or she wanted ballots for elections within that period.
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) can be processed for counting if it is received through the U.S. mail or commercial carrier by 5:00 PM on an election day. RSA 657:22
The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) may be used by a voter to vote for federal offices only in general, special, and primary elections. RSA 657:10-b
The link to the U.S. Department of Defense’s FVAP site at http://www.fvap.gov/resources/media/fwab.pdf enables the voter to obtain a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
Absentee ballot requests in letter form are typically renewed for every election, unless the voter has established themselves as a uniformed or overseas voter and the voter has made a clear request to be sent ballots for more than one election. This is typically done on a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Military (uniformed) and overseas voters are urged to update their Federal Post Card Application requests early in each calendar year that they intend to vote, because information on these forms might be outdated or incomplete. Starting on January 1, 2010, FPCAs will be honored through the end of the calendar year that they are received, except that in each year before a Presidential Election, i.e. 2011, requests on a FPCA form will be honored through thePresidential Primary in the following year, subject to the voter’s request.
There are many ways to determine whether there is time to vote. The location of the voter and his or her proximity to a mail facility affects how much time there will be to return a ballot. In general, the voter should request the blank absentee ballot in time to obtain a ballot and mail it back. After the voter has requested an absentee ballot, the voter should regularly check the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot tracking web link at Voter Information Look-up to determine whether (a) the clerk received the request, and (b) whether the clerk mailed it out. As soon as ballots have been printed, clerks generally send out absentee ballots within one business day of receipt of the request. Therefore, if the system shows your request being received but not sent out after one business day, call or e-mail the clerk.