Overseas Civilian Voting
Receiving Your Ballot
You may receive your ballot by mail or by email/fax. If you wish to do so, notify your county auditor on your request and provide a valid email address or fax number.
Returning Your Ballot by Email or Fax
As an overseas civilian voter, you may be eligible to return your voted ballot by fax or email if you are located in an area designated as “imminent danger pay area” by the U.S. Department of Defense.
A list of imminent danger pay areas can be found on the U.S. Department of Defense’s website.
You must sign a statement waiving your right to a secret ballot and affirming you are eligible to return your ballot electronically.
Your ballot must be received in the county auditor's office before the polls close on election day.
Returning Your Ballot by Mail
If you are not located in an imminent danger pay area, you must return your voted absentee ballot by mail even if you received your ballot by email or fax.
If you use the U.S. Postal Service or the FPO/APO mail system and the return envelope form provided, postage is free. Otherwise, you must pay the postage.
The ballot must be postmarked by the Monday before election day or earlier and received in the county auditor’s office no later than noon on the Tuesday following the election for the November 6, 2012, General Election.
Postmarks are not guaranteed, so mail your absentee ballot early enough that it arrives before election day.
For school and some city and special elections, the return deadline may be earlier. Read the instructions sent with the ballot.