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April 2, 2012 :Register and Request Your Ballot for Upcoming Primaries


Voters from these States should visit the web portal to register and request their absentee ballot for the May, June, and July 2012 Presidential Preference Primary (P) and State Primary (S) elections listed below: 

May Primaries (30-Day Notice):
NOTE for May Primaries: If you have not received your requested State ballot, submit the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot at (see FWAB information below).  

  • Indiana (P,S): May 8
  • North Carolina (P,S): May 8
  • West Virginia (P,S): May 8
  • Idaho (S): May 15
  • Nebraska (P,S): May 15
  • Oregon (P,S): May 15
  • Arkansas (P,S): May 22
  • Kentucky (P,S): May 22
  • Texas (P,S): May 29 (This is a change; the election was originally scheduled for March 6, then April 3)

June Primaries: (60-Day Notice)

  • California(P, S): June 5
  • Iowa (S): June 5
  • Montana (P, S): June 5
  • New Jersey (P, S): June 5
  • New Mexico (P, S): June 5
  • South Dakota (P, S): June 5
  • Arkansas (Primary Runoff): June 12
  • Maine (S): June 12
  • Nevada (S): June 12
  • North Dakota (S): June 12
  • South Carolina (S): June 12
  • Virginia (S): June 12
  • Colorado (S): June 26
  • New York (Federal Primary): June 26
  • Oklahoma (S): June 26
  • South Carolina (Primary Runoff): June 26
  • South Dakota (Primary Runoff): June 26
  • Utah (P, S): June 26

July Primaries: (90-Day Notice)

  • North Carolina: July 17 (Primary Runoff)
  • Georgia: July 31 (S)

It may not be too late to participate in the April primaries. View the Primary Election Calendar at for more information. 

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All members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their family members, and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are residents from these States should submit an FPCA for these elections by going to the web portal or by following the instructions in the Voting Assistance Guide, also available at

Be sure you include an email address, phone number, and/or fax number on your absentee ballot application in case your local election official needs to contact you. Remember, many States allow you to submit your form electronically, and deliver your ballot electronically or provide online ballot access. Go to or your State’s election website to see how you can return your form.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office, or visit your State website.

Vote the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
The FWAB is a backup ballot. If 30 days before the election (or longer based on your geographic location) you think you will not receive your State ballot in time to vote and return it (especially in May Primary States), vote the FWAB at The FWAB is also available in embassies and consulates and military installations around the world.

Additional information
Check your State's election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices. Find your State's website at FVAP's web portal.


If you'd like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process please go to the web portal or call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584). Email and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook at and follow @FVAP on Twitter for election updates throughout 2012.