How to Register:
You can register in person at your county board of elections, or you can register at any New York State
Agency-based voter registration center.
(The Dutchess County Board of Elections office is located on 47 Cannon St. in Poughkeepsie)
You can call 1-800-FOR-VOTE to request a voter application.
You can visit the Town of Fishkill Town Hall - Town Clerks counter, to pick up a voter application.
You can download a PDF version of the New York State Registration Form.
Download the English Form
Download the Spanish Form
Print the form, complete and sign it
Mail it to your county board of elections office
information is available in other formats at How to Do It:
Vote Absentee Brochure
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) covers the voting rights of members of the Uniformed Services (on active duty), members of the Merchant Marine, their eligible family members, and citizens residing outside the United States. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) carries out the responsibilities of the Act by informing and educating U.S. citizens worldwide of their right to vote, fostering voting participation, and protecting and enhancing the electoral process at the Federal, State and local levels. The procedures and deadlines to vote absentee vary from state to state.
Am I a UOCAVA Voter?
UOCAVA voters are all members of the Uniformed Services, their family members and members of the Merchant Marine and their family members, and U.S. citizens 18 years or older who reside outside the United States
In What Elections May I Vote?
Generally, all U.S. citizens 18 years or older who are or will be residing outside the United States during an election period are eligible to vote absentee in any election for Federal office. In addition, all members of the Uniformed Services, their family members and members of the Merchant Marine and their family members, who are U.S. citizens, may vote absentee in Federal, state and local elections.
How do I register to vote, or apply for an absentee ballot?
The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is accepted by all states and territories as an application for registration and for absentee ballot. The FPCA is postage-paid in the U.S. mail, including the Military Postal System, and State Department Pouch mail. An online version of the FPCA is available at the FVAP website, www.fvap.gov. The online form must be completed, printed, signed, dated and mailed to your Local Election Official. The online form must mailed in an envelope with proper postage, or using our prepaid return envelope. All States and Territories except American Samoa and Guam accept the OFPCA. You may also send a written request for a ballot to your county, city, town or parish clerk.
I would like to vote but don't know how. Where can I find assistance?
Information on applying for absentee registration and a ballot is available in the Voting Assistance Guide. Voting Assistance Officers assigned to units at military installations and at each U.S. embassy or consulate have a copy of the Guide to assist you in completing the FPCA. U.S. citizen organizations overseas and many corporate offices of U.S. companies also have copies of the Guide available. Members of the Uniformed Services and U.S. embassy/consulate personnel may request hard copies of the Guide through their normal distribution channels or by contacting their Service or Department of State Voting Action Officer. Other overseas citizens may request these materials by contacting the FVAP directly at email@example.com. You will find PDF versions of the Guide as well as other voting related information and links on the FVAP website: www.fvap.gov.
Do I have to be registered to vote absentee?
Registration requirements vary from state to state. States and territories allow voters to register and request an absentee ballot by submitting a single FPCA during the election year. If you are permanently registered you should submit an FPCA early in the election year. Consult Chapter 3 of the Guide for specifics.
Where do I send my FPCA?
Chapter 3 of the Guide outlines absentee voting procedures for each state and territory. In section IV under the heading of "Where to Send It" you will find a list of addresses for county and local election officials.These officials may need to contact you for further information or clarification. If available, please provide a current e-mail address, phone and fax number on the FPCA.
Must I submit a separate application for each election?
One FPCA will allow you to receive all ballots for Federal offices for an entire calendar year. The Help America Vote Act of October 2002 has extended the effective period of the FPCA through two regularly scheduled general elections for federal office. However, due to the transient nature of many UOCAVA citizens, FVAP recommends that each voter submit an FPCA to their state of legal residence in January of each year and again each time there is a change in the voters’ mailing address.
If I am required to have my FPCA or ballot notarized, how do I do it?
Generally, election materials may be required to be witnessed or sworn to before a notary, U.S. Commissioned Officer, embassy or consular officer, or other officials authorized to administer oaths. Most states and territories do not require notarization of the FPCA or ballot; therefore, consult Chapter 3 of the Guide to determine your state or territory's requirements. In all instances you must sign and date the FPCA.
When mailing an FPCA or other election materials to my state or territory, do I have to pay postage?
Generally, all election-related materials are mailed postage-free from any APO or FPO mail facility, all U.S. embassies and consulates and any post office in the U.S. You must pay postage if the materials are mailed from a non-U.S. postal facility. The on-line version of the FPCA must be printed, signed, dated and mailed in an envelope with proper postage affixed. Ensure that your ballot or FPCA is postmarked.
When is the best time to apply for an absentee ballot?
Generally, the FPCA used only to request a ballot should be received by election officials at least forty-five days before election day to allow ample time to process the request and mail the ballot. FVAP recommends submitting an FPCA in January of each year. If applying for both registration and an absentee ballot, the FPCA may have to be mailed earlier. FVAP recommends submitting the FPCA in January of each year. Consult Chapter 3 of the Guide for further information on state or territorial registration deadlines. Be sure to notify your election official of any change to your address.
When should I receive my ballot?
Under normal circumstances, most states and territories begin mailing ballots to citizens 30-45 days before an election. If you have not received your ballot two weeks before the election, contact FVAP’s Ombudsman Service. They will assist you in determining the status of your ballot. Always execute and return your absentee ballot regardless of when you receive it. Court decisions sometimes require the counting of ballots voted by Election Day, but received by the Local Election Official for a certain period of time following Election Day.
What is an election for Federal office?
An election for Federal office is any general, special, runoff or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting, nominating, or electing any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the United States Senate, Member of the United States House of Representatives, Delegates from the District of Columbia, Guam, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa, and Resident Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?
UOCAVA voters may be able to use a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) available through Voting Assistance Officers at military installations or at U.S. embassies/consulates. Generally, an absent uniformed services member or citizen outside the United States can only use the FWAB under very specific conditions.
THE ABSENT UNIFORMED SERVICES VOTER MUST:
Be absent from his/her voting residence;
Have applied for a regular ballot early enough so the request is received by the appropriate local election official not later than the State deadline; or the date that is 30 days before the general election; AND
Have not received the requested regular absentee ballot from the state.
THE CITIZEN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES MUST:
Be located outside the United States (including APO/FPO addresses);
Have applied for a regular ballot early enough so the request is received by the appropriate local election official not later than the State deadline; or
the date that is 30 days before the general election; AND
Have not received the requested regular absentee ballot from the state.
An online version of the FWAB is available at the FVAP website, www.fvap.gov/pubs/onlinefwab.html, The online version must be completed, printed, signed, dated, and mailed to your Local Election Official. The online form must be mailed in an envelope with proper postage, or using our prepaid return envelope. Refer to Chapter 3 of the Guide to determine your state or territory's witness or notary requirements for voted ballots. Return the voted FWAB to the local election official to meet the state or territorial deadline for counting.
Additionally, eleven states have expanded the use of the FWAB: Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Refer to Chapter 3 of the Guide for details.
Where would I obtain information on issues, positions and candidates?
In addition to reading U.S. news magazines and newspapers, both Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad maintain overseas offices and have information about the candidates and issues. Alternatively, the party organizations can be contacted as follows:
Republicans Abroad International
1275 K Street, NW, Suite 102
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 608-1423
Fax: (202) 608-1431
World Wide Web: www.republicansabroad.com
General Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about candidates, issues, and local news are available on the internet. Armed Forces Radio and Television Service broadcasts American news and entertainment programs throughout the world. Alternatively, subscribe to hometown newspapers, or contact friends and relatives for information on state and local issues.
Where is my "legal voting residence?"
For voting purposes, your "legal voting residence" can be the state or territory where you last resided prior to entering military service or the state or territory that you have since claimed as your legal residence. Even though you may no longer maintain formal ties to that residence, the address determines your proper district, ward, precinct or parish for voting purposes. To claim a new legal residence you must have simultaneous physical presence and the intent to return to that location as your primary residence. Military and family members may change their legal residence every time they change permanent duty stations or they may retain their legal residence without change. Family members may have a different legal voting residence from the member. A JAG officer or legal counsel should be consulted before legal residence is changed because there are usually other factors that should be considered besides voting.
Can I vote in person where I am stationed?
Military members may vote in the state or territory where stationed if they change their legal residence to that state or territory, even if they live on a military installation. Be advised that there are legal obligations that may be incurred, such as taxation, if you change your state or territory of residence. Therefore, consult a JAG officer or legal counsel before making such a decision. At the present time, there are no provisions for personnel stationed outside the United States to vote, in person, where stationed.
My family members are not in the military; can they also vote absentee?
The law entitles eligible family members of military personnel to vote absentee. Family members are considered to be in the same category of absentee voter as military members and generally should follow the same procedures. Family members of military personnel residing overseas, who are U.S. citizens and who have never resided in the U.S. may claim one of their U.S. citizen parent's legal state or territory of residence as their own if allowed by the state. Check Chapter 3 of the Guide.
If I do not maintain a legal residence in the U.S., what is my "legal state of residence?"
Your "legal state of residence" for voting purposes is the state or territory where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the United States. This right extends to overseas citizens even though they may not have property or other ties in their last state or territory of residence and their intent to return to that state or territory may be uncertain. When completing the FPCA’s Voting Residence section, be sure to enter the entire mailing address of your last residence, including street or rural route and number. The address determines your proper district, ward, precinct or parish for voting purposes. Family members of citizens residing overseas, who are U.S. citizens and who have never resided in the U.S. may claim one of their U.S. citizen parent's legal state or territory of residence as their own if allowed by the state. Check Chapter 3 of the Guide.
Will I be taxed by my last state or territory of residence if I vote absentee?
Exercising your right to vote in elections for Federal offices only, does not affect the determination of residence or domicile for purposes of any tax imposed under Federal, state, or local law. Voting in an election for Federal office only, may not be used as the sole basis to determine residency for the purpose of imposing state and local taxes. If you claim a particular state or territory as your residence and have other ties with that state or territory in addition to voting, then you may be liable for state and local taxation, depending upon the laws of that particular state or territory. Consult legal counsel for information on probable tax obligations.
Can I register or vote in person at the embassy or consulate?
At the present time, there are no provisions for in-person voting or on-site registration to be conducted at U.S. embassies or consulates. U.S. embassy and consular officials will assist U.S. citizens in completing FPCA forms for their state, witness or notarize FPCA forms and ballots (if required), and provide other absentee voting information. U.S. embassy and consulate locations serve also as a mailing point. FPCA forms and other election materials may be mailed back, postage-paid, from these locations to your local voting jurisdiction in the U.S. where absentee registration and ballot requests are processed.
Citizens covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act can obtain additional information about the absentee voting process by calling the FVAP toll free from many countries. The phone number from your country is available in the Voting Assistance Guide, FVAP's website, www.fvap.gov, the International Operator in the United States, or from your local U. S. embassy or consulate. If a country does not have a toll free number, call (703) 588-1584. The toll free number in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands is 800-438-VOTE or 800-438-8683. Assistance is available during normal business hours, Eastern Time; if our office is closed, please leave a recorded message with your complete contact information.
ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION OF ELECTION MATERIALS:
Often, transmitting voting materials by mail may delay timely receipt and return of materials. When such conditions exist, possibly preventing an individual from voting, faxing may be possible. Generally, there are three possibilities or combinations allowed by states:
Send the FPCA or registration and ballot request by fax.
Receive the blank ballot by fax.
Return the voted ballot by fax.
Consult your unit or embassy/consulate Voting Assistance Officer for the procedures for the electronic transmission process. The Voting Assistance Guide explains your state's faxing procedure and provides a fax cover sheet. Always mail the original FPCA and voted ballot after faxing.
For election-related materials, citizens in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands may use one of the following fax numbers: (703) 693-5527, (800) 368-8683 or DSN 223-5527. See the Voting Assistance Guide or FVAP's website, www.fvap.gov, for international toll free fax numbers.
The use of email to transmit voting materials may be allowed by your state. Please check your state's election web site for more information. Links to all state election sites is at www.fvap.gov/links/statelinks.html.
VOTING INFORMATION CENTER:
The Voting Information Center (VIC) provides information on elections and recorded messages from U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and state Governors. Callers may connect directly to the office of U.S. Senators, U.S. Representative, Governor or their chief state election official through the VIC. The VIC also provides direct access to Service Voting Action Officers during normal business hours in the U.S.
Commercial (703) 588-1343 (Collect calls not accepted).
DSN 425-1343. DSN use is authorized for all military and family members.
Toll free numbers are available for over 60 countries.
Each Military Service and the Department of State has a Voting Action Officer who is the point of contact for assisting voters who have unique questions/problems. The VIC also provides direct access to these Action Officers during normal business hours in the U.S.; a recorded message may be left at other times.Any person may call the VIC. Telephone: Commercial - (703) 588-1343 (Collect calls not accepted), DSN- 425-1343. DSN use is authorized for all military and family members. Toll-free numbers are available for over 60 countries. The Guide contains further information on the VIC and access by toll-free numbers.
Any question which cannot be answered by a Voting Assistance Officer should be directed to the:
Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Department of Defense
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1155
FVAP website: www.fvap.gov
Commercial: (703) 588-1584
DSN (military): 425-1584
Fax: (703) 696-1352, DSN: 426-1352
Toll Free (U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands): 1-800-438-VOTE (8683)
International toll free phone and fax numbers are available.
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