Military and overseas voters





If you are a United States citizen living overseas or if you are in the Military, there are several different ways you can request, receive and return your ballot.

Register to vote

Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program to register online.

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Visit the California Secretary of State website to register online.

Receiving your ballot

As a Military or overseas voter, you can receive your ballot by mail, fax or email. If you do not receive your ballot by 45 days prior to an election, please contact our office to make sure that we have your current information.

If we have not received your voter registration, you may need to complete a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request or FPCA.

View the Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Request (FPCA) form.

Click here to find out what's on your ballot.

Returning your ballot

1. Mark your ballot
    • Mark your ballot using a dark ballpoint pen.
    • To vote for a candidate connect the arrow pointing to your choice.
    • To vote on any measure, connect the arrow pointing to the word Yes or No.
    • If you make a mistake, you can request a replacement ballot by contacting our office.

2.  Review your ballot
    • If you vote for more candidates than allowed or if you vote both Yes and No on a measure, your vote will not count for that candidate or measure.
    • You do not have to vote on all contests. Those you do vote on will still count.
    • Check both sides of the ballot for voting contests.

3.  Options for returning your ballot


  • Mail your ballot
  1. Place your ballot in the return envelope provided and seal the envelope.
  2. Complete the information on the back of the envelope. This includes your physical address (not a PO Box) and signature.
  3. Important! Sign the return envelope or your ballot cannot be counted.
  4. If you choose to mail your ballot, please check with the local post office to ensure your ballot will reach the elections office in time for it to be counted.
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  • Fax your ballot
  1. If you choose to fax your ballot, you must also fax an Oath of Voter cover sheet. 
  2. Fax number for voted ballots: 760-878-1805.
Important! If you choose to mail your ballot, please check with the local post office to ensure your ballot will reach the elections office in time for it to be counted.

If you have any questions please contact us.

For more information about voting in the Military or when living overseas:
Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to start the overseas voting process.

Important information for the friends and family of Military and overseas voters.