Application Period for Military and Overseas Voting
Ballot Application Period Opens April 4th for the June 3, 2014 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 opens April 4th and will remain open through June 3rd for military and overseas voters participating in the Statewide Direct Primary Election, 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.

“We respond immediately to requests from military and overseas voters, to address the inherent logistical challenges of distance and foreign circumstance.  Our goal is to provide every voter the opportunity to participate in the upcoming election,” Church explained.

The deadline to register to vote in this election is May 19th.  Registered overseas voters may submit an overseas ballot application up to and including Election Day.  Military and overseas ballot applications submitted after May 27th 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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