Frequently Asked Questions(Click anywhere on the question text to view the answer.)
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 2015 is valid through the 2016 Presidential Primary, to the extent that the voter indicated that he or she wanted ballots for elections within that period.
The voter may download the FPCA or the FWAB from the U.S. Department of Defense FVAP website at www.fvap.gov. A uniformed or overseas citizen (UOCAVA) voter may be sent a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) by mail, e-mail or fax by their city/town clerk, or they may go to the FVAP site on-line to print an FPCA or FWAB.
Instructions to complete the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) are also found on the U.S. Department of Defense’s FVAP site at www.fvap.gov
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.