Military and Overseas Voting Program

Election Specific Information

Jim McCauley, County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters

Placer County Office of Elections

2956 Richardson Drive

PO Box 5278

Auburn, Ca 95604



California Secretary of State - Military and Overseas Voter Information


Important Dates:

    • September 5-20, 2014 - Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters Issued
    • October 20, 2014 - Last Day to Register
    • October 28, 2014 - Last Day to Request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot be Sent by Mail
    • November 4, 2014 - Election Day

      Please Note: All voted ballots must be received by the Placer County Office of Elections no later than 8:00 pm (PST) on Election Day in order to be counted.
The General Election will be held on November 4, 2014. First ballot issuances for military and overseas voters for this election will be sent out beginning September 5th through September 20th and are available for delivery by mail, fax or email. If after September 20th you have not received your ballot and would like to request a replacement or would like to request a ballot using an alternate ballot delivery method; contact our office at 530-885-5650 or for assistance.

If submitting a ballot request by e-mail, include your full name, date of birth, Placer County residence address and current mailing address. Indicate how you would like to receive your ballot (i.e. mail, fax or e-mail) and whether you are requesting a ballot for the current election or permanently changing your ballot delivery preference. To assist us in directing your e-mail, please include the date of the election and the nature of your request in the subject line (i.e. Mail, E-ballot or Fax Ballot Request).

In order to ensure you receive your voting material in a timely manner, be sure to submit your request prior to September 20, 2014. Requests received after this date will still be accepted, but you may also receive a traditional ballot in the mail.

Once you have voted your ballot, immediately return it to the Placer County Office of Elections for processing. If returning your ballot by fax, be sure to include the signed Oath of Voter Statement, and completed Identification Envelope Image in the same transmission with your voted ballot.

For up-to-date election information, visit our Current Elections webpage or the Secretary of State’s website at If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact our office at 530-886-5650 or toll free within California at 1-800-824-8683 or via e-mail at

Thank you for keeping America strong by exercising your right to vote!


Voter Correspondence and Ballot Delivery Preference

By selecting a ballot delivery preference, you decide how you will receive your voting packet and all future correspondences from our office. You may choose to receive your elections material by mail, e-mail or fax transmission.

In order to select a ballot delivery preference, you can either reregister to vote using the Federal Post-Card Application or contact our office directly.

Please Note: All voting material will automatically be sent by mail unless an alternate ballot delivery preference was selected at the time of registration or has since been requested.

Voting Packet

Voting packets are issued according to the voter’s designated ballot delivery preference. Packets may vary depending on the method of delivery.

Voting Packets Include:
    • A precinct specific ballot (paper or PDF)
    • An Oath of Voter Statement (paper or PDF)
    • Identification Envelope Image-1 (for returning ballot by fax)
    • Identification Envelope Image-2 (e-ballot packets only, for returning ballot by mail)
    • *An Official Placer County Return Envelope (mail packet only)
    • An Official Placer County Sample Ballot Pamphlet (paper or link to online version)
    • An Official Voter Information Guide (paper or link to online version)

      *Please Note: Due to the nature of e-mail and fax transmissions, voters who wish to return their voted e-mailed or faxed ballots by mail are required to provide their own return envelope. Any standard sized envelope may be used; however, you must be able to affix the completed Identification Envelope Image-1 (provided in your Voting Packet) in order for your ballot to be accepted.

      Please consult the voting instructions provided in your Voting Packet for more information or contact our office at 530-886-5650 or toll free within California at 1-800-824-8683 or via e-mail at

Returning Your Voted Ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the Placer County Office of Elections by 8:00 PM (PST) on Election Day in order to be counted. Postmarks are not accepted. Completed voting packets may only be returned by mail or by fax and must include:


    • Voted Ballot
    • Completed official return envelope (from mailed voting packets only) or the completed Identification Envelope Image PDF (from e-mailed or faxed voting packets), affixed to a voter provided envelope.


    • Voted Ballot
    • Completed Identification Envelope Image
    • *Signed Oath of Voter Statement

      *Please Note: In signing the statement, you acknowledge that by returning your voted ballot via fax transmission, and due to the nature of that return method, you have relinquished your right to a secret ballot. We request that you also include the signed Oath of Voter Statement, and completed Identification Envelope Image in the same transmission.
If you plan to return your ballot by fax transmission but require a toll free fax number, or require after hours assistance you may contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) at:

To check the status of your returned ballot, visit Check Vote by Mail Ballot Status.

Alternate Voting Methods

If you are a military or overseas voter but have not received your voting packet, you may vote using a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is a placeholder ballot and is counted in the event you are unable to vote and return your official County ballot prior to 8:00 PM (PST) on Election Day.


Program History

Since 2002 the Placer County Office of Elections has provided the Military and Overseas Voting Program to all eligible UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizen’s Absentee Voting Act) voters. The purpose of this program is to simplify the voting process so that all eligible voters may receive, vote and return their ballot without delay regardless of where they are currently stationed or reside.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify as a military or overseas voter you must be a United States citizen, 18 years of age or older, absent from Placer County and meet any one of the following qualifiers:
  • A member of the active or reserve components of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard; a Merchant Marine; a member of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps of the United States; or an individual on activated status for the National Guard or state militia.
  • A citizen of the United States living outside of the territorial limits of the United States or the District of Columbia.
  • The spouse or dependent of a member of the armed forces or any auxiliary branch thereof.

Program Benefits

  • Remain registered to vote regardless of where you currently reside, whether or not you still maintain your Placer County address of registration.
  • Receive your ballot 60 days prior to every election (compared to 29 days for local Vote-By-Mail voters)
  • Receive your ballot by mail, e-mail or fax and return your voted ballot by mail or fax.

Keeping Your Records Current

In order to receive your voting material in a timely manner for all future elections, be sure to keep your information up-to-date.

Reregister to vote to update your:
    • Name
    • Political Party Preference
    • Permanent Military and/or Overseas Address
    • Military Status and/or Overseas Status

Or contact our office to update your:
    • Contact Information (i.e. phone number, fax number, e-mail or mailing address, etc.)
    • Ballot Delivery Preference (i.e. mail, e-mail, fax)

    • Please Note: You may also contact our office to cancel your military or overseas status. 

Recent Correspondences:

6/3/2014 Election Introduction Letter and Program Flyer

Additional Resources:

If you have any questions regarding this process or have questions not addressed here, please contact our office directly at 530-886-5650 or via e-mail at We are here to assist you. You may also contact the following:
  • The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) at The FVAP’s website provides an overview of the FVAP as well as links to state government homepages and other sites with election information.

    The website is updated on a regular basis to provide the most current information and news for uniformed and overseas citizens. The website also contains information on all FVAP initiatives, e.g., Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign, the Ombudsman Service, Electronic Transmissions (faxing) System, and the State Legislative Initiative Programs. The website provides information and online forms such as the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA, SF-76) and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB, SF-186) which can be viewed or downloaded on the website.

  • The Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) at The OVF’s website features a complete election official directory for all fifty states and United States territories, an overseas voter registration/absentee (vote-by-mail) ballot request wizard (RAVA) and a voter help desk.
  • The Secretary of State (SOS) at The SOS’s website provides an online voter registration form, information on upcoming elections, voting in California and ballot measures.