Application Period for Military and Overseas Voting
Ballot Application Period Opens September 5th for the November 4th Statewide Direct Primary Election

Archive Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Alternate: David Tom, Elections Division Manager

(Redwood City, CA) The ballot application period for military and overseas voters participating in the Statewide General Election opens September 5th and will remain open through November 4th, according to Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder.

San Mateo County voters who are:

  • Active duty members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine
  • Spouse or dependent of an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • U.S. citizens living abroad

may register and apply for a ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application form (“FPCA”).

The FPCA form is available at your local U.S. Embassy or at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at  You may also go to the California Secretary of State’s website at to register as a military or overseas voter.

When you register, you will decide whether you would like to receive your ballot by email, fax or postal mail.

“Due to the unique circumstances affecting voters living abroad, our office responds immediately to requests from military and overseas voters.  Our goal is to provide every voter, no matter where they live, the ability to exercise their right to vote,” Church explained.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is October 20th.  Registered overseas voters may submit an overseas ballot application up to and including Election Day.  Military and overseas ballot applications submitted after October 28th should request their ballot via email or fax to ensure time for its return. 

Further information for military and overseas voters is available from the Registration & Elections Division by calling 650.312.5222 or emailing

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