The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows certain West Virginia residents who are U.S. citizens to register to vote and submit an absentee ballot for elections held within the state.
Persons covered under UOCAVA are Service members, including any member of the National Guard or Reserve deployed or on assignment away from her/his residence while in federal service, their eligible family members and overseas citizens.
The following link to the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s UOCAVA overview is a helpful resource for general information about the Act: https://www.fvap.gov/military-voter/overview.
UOCAVA voters may apply to register to vote and request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for State and Federal Elections to their West Virginia county clerk’s office.
The FPCA absentee ballot request only needs to be submitted once per calendar year for all elections in that year.
Once UOCAVA voters have submitted their FPCA, and their absentee ballot is not received in time, UOCAVA voters may submit the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens.
For assistance with completing your FWAB, please visit the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot Application Online Assistant.
If we may be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us: 304.558.6000 toll free 866.767.8683 email: Elections@wvsos.gov