The Air Force Voting Assistance Program works to ensure Airmen and their eligible family members are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so anywhere in the world.
Installation Voter Assistance Office
All major Air Force bases have an Installation Voter Assistance (IVA) Office located at the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Voting Assistance Officers at A&FRCs are available to provide information and assistance. Contact information for Air Force IVA Offices can be found at IVA Office Contact Information.
Federal Voting Assistance Program
People can access many voting related resources, questions and answers on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
Total Force Service Center
Twenty four-hour voting assistance is available at myPers - Total Force Service Center from a CAC-enabled, .mil computer. Interested individuals can also call the TFSC at 1-800-525-0102.
What if I am deployed?
While deployed members may be able to vote at their local polls before deploying or when they return, most deployed members must use the absentee voting process if they want to vote. Local briefings during deployment processing phase should encourage deploying members to take a copy of two voting forms with them: a Federal Post Card Application and a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.
People can contact their IVA Office for information or assistance before, during and after your deployment at IVA Office Contact Information. In the event you are unable to contact your IVA Office, 24-hour voting assistance is available at myPers - Total Force Service Center from a CAC-enabled, .mil computer. Interested individuals can also call the TFSC at 1-800-525-0102.
Why is voting different for military members and their families?
Military voting is different because extended or overseas absences can prevent service members from using normal state voting rules. A special law, called the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, requires that the states and territories allow certain groups to register and vote absentee in federal elections.
Who is eligible to vote under the UOCAVA law?
All members of the U.S. uniformed services (on active duty), including Merchant Marines, their family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S.
How do I vote by absentee ballot?
Elections are managed individually by state governments, which means there are 55 different sets of rules for absentee voting by Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens. The basic steps are:
1. You register to vote and request an absentee ballot by filling out the Federal Post Card Application, and sending it to your election office in your State of legal residence.
2. Once the application is approved, the election office sends an absentee ballot to the individual.
3. After that, complete and return the voted absentee ballot to your election office by your State's deadline.
State rules, required forms and phone numbers for local election and voting offices can be found in the Voting Assistance Guide.
Where is my "legal voting residence?
A proper legal voting residence is critical to ensuring a state’s timely approval of the registration, absentee ballot request and transmittal of the ballot to the voter. The voting residence is within your state of legal residence or domicile. It is the true, fixed address that one considers to be the permanent home and where you have/had a physical presence.
State of legal residence and voting residence is sometimes mistaken for home of record. Your voting residence may be the same as your home of record but needs to be updated if and when one decides to establish a new state of legal residence. Military spouses and eligible family members may retain the sponsor’s or service member’s residency, keep the current and established residency or take the appropriate steps to establish a new residency.
To claim a new legal residence or domicile, consult the legal office since there may be other factors to consider such as tax implications and qualification for in-state tuition rates.
Regardless of the legal voting residency, the election office needs your current contact information. The most efficient way to maintain your current contact info is to complete a Federal Post Card Application annually, with every change of address and at least 90 days prior to the election.
Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986, as amended
DoDI 1000.04, Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), 13 September 2012
AFGM 36-3107, Air Force Voting Assistance Program, 14 November 2017
AFI 51-902, Political Activities by Members of the U.S. Air Force, 27 August 2014