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Please note there may be disruptions to international postal mail to/from the U.S. after October 16, 2019, which may impact ballot return for the November 2019 Election.
- We strongly recommend you return your ballot electronically to ensure election officials get it in time.
- If you plan to return your ballot by mail, make sure you put in the mail in time to make it to the U.S. before October 16.
Why returning your ballot might be different for Election Day on November 5, 2019:
The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a worldwide body that establishes and agrees on international postal rates. The U.S. has announced it may pull out of UPU. If we do, there will be no agreement for mail to be delivered to or from our country to any other country after October 16, 2019. We’ll have to negotiate with 191 countries on postal rates.
Although the U.S. Postal Service and others have been working on contingency plans, those plans are unlikely to be in place in time for military and overseas voters (UOCAVA) to return their ballots in time for the November 2019 elections.
How to return your ballot electronically (recommended):
- Use the Arizona Secretary of State’s UOCAVA Portal
- You must first request to register and/or request a ballot or replacement ballot here.
- Your county election official will then contact you with information on how to access the Secretary of State’s secure portal, including providing a unique username and password. You will use that username and password to login and securely upload your marked ballot here.
- Use your county’s UOCAVA dedicated e-mail address if you live in Maricopa, Pima, or Yavapai County.
- If you can’t use the Arizona Secretary of State’s UOCAVA Portal, you may fax or email your marked ballot here:
How to return your ballot by mail before October 16:
- International postal mail, if it is generally reliable where you are. If you plan to mail your ballot, make sure you do it far enough in advance that your ballot is likely to leave the country in time to make it to the U.S. by October 16.
- Military Post Offices
How to return your ballot by mail after October 16:
If the U.S. pulls out of the Universal Postal Union and the withdrawal goes into effect on October 16, you won’t be able to mail your ballot back to your home jurisdiction. Here are some other options to check:
- APO and FPO mail for members of the military on bases will still operate. Check with your installation for recommended dates to make sure your ballot gets back to the US in time.
- There may be agreements in place for mail to flow between the U.S. and some countries (check at FVAP.gov/upu).
- Private carriers may be available, but they’re expensive. Discounts may be available. See options at FVAP.gov/upu.
- Diplomatic pouches at embassies and consulates (check your embassy/consulate website for additional information or see USEmbassy.gov to find your closest one)
Go to FVAP.gov/upu to find out if you can mail your ballot back and get more information and options for returning your ballot in time to be counted for November 5.
How to Obtain a Military and Overseas Ballot
It is now easier than ever for military and overseas personnel to participate in the election process. Select the first option to register to vote and/or request an early ballot. You can register to vote and request an early ballot in one process through this system.
To upload a voted ballot, you must have first been authorized by the county to utilize the system. You can obtain authorization from the county by requesting an early ballot through this system or by contacting your county directly.
NOTE: Polls close in Arizona at 7PM Arizona time. You cannot use this procedure to register, request an early ballot or vote after that time on election day.
Instructions for Military/Overseas Voters
Register to vote and/or request an early ballot
Upload Voted Ballot
If you are unable to use our site for the ballot upload you may also fax your completed ballot to 602-364-2087 before the deadline of 7:00 p.m. (Arizona Time) on Election Day.