Military & Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens residing outside the United States, and members of the Uniformed Services and their family members, are eligible to use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) Form to request a by-mail ballot. The FPCA also serves as an application for voter registration for eligible citizens not currently registered to vote. Please review the following requirements and information for requesting a ballot via the FPCA Form.

Texas Residency
Having a permanent residence address in McLennan County is a prerequisite to requesting ballots from McLennan County. Residence is defined in Section 1.015 of the Texas Election Code as the voter’s permanent home to which he or she intends to return after any temporary absence. This definition implies that you must have lived at the location at 1 time and intend to return, so generally, you cannot list a location where you have never been physically present.

U.S. citizens, whose most recent domicile was in McLennan County, but whose intent to return is uncertain, may vote a Federal Ballot only. Voters in this category should indicate they are applying for a Federal Ballot only.

How to Obtain a FPCA Form
Postage-paid FPCA Forms are available from U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and the Voting Assistance Officer at each military installation. An online version of the FPCA Form (PDF) is available from the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Completing the FPCA
  • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number or your Texas Driver’s License number is required for voter registration in Texas.
  • You must provide your political party preference in Item 2 of the FPCA Form (Revised August 2011), if you wish to vote in Primary Elections. Party preference is not required, if you are requesting by-mail ballots only for General Elections.
  • It is strongly recommended that FPCA applicants provide an email address and fax number (if available), so we can quickly contact you if your application is missing required information.
Submitting the Completed FPCA Form
A completed FPCA Form must be submitted to the Elections Administration Department by mail, common or contract carrier, fax or email. If submitting the FPCA by fax or email, please also send the original form to us by mail. Please return your FPCA to:
McLennan County Elections
P.O. Box 2450
Waco, TX 76703-2450

or

McLennan County Elections
214 N 4th Street
Suite 300
Waco, TX 76701-1366

You can also fax your form to 254-757-5041 or email Kathy Van Wolfe.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program also provides assistance in faxing FPCA Forms from locations outside the United States. See the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for more information.

Receiving Your Ballot

If your completed FPCA is timely-received, your ballot will be sent to you by mail or email.

Returning Your Ballot
Your voted ballot must be returned by mail or by common or contract carrier. Military voters stationed in recognized hostile fire, imminent danger pay areas or areas designated as combat zones by the President of the United States are authorized to return an Early Voting ballot by fax.

Your voted ballot must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, except ballots cast from outside the United States may be counted, if it was mailed before the polls closed, and it is received not later than the 5th day after Election Day.

The envelope in which the ballot is returned must be properly addressed with postage, sent from an address outside the United States and show a cancellation mark from a postal service or a receipt mark from a common or contract carrier before 7 p.m. on Election Day. It will be presumed timely-received if there is no postmark or receipt mark, but all other requirements are met.

Voted ballots should be mailed or sent by common or contract carrier to the McLennan County Elections Administration:
McLennan County Elections
P.O. Box 2450
Waco, TX 76703-2450

or

McLennan County Elections
214 N 4th Street
Suite 300
Waco, TX 76701-1366

Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)

A special write-in ballot is available under very specific circumstances for U.S. citizens residing outside the United States and members of the Uniformed Services and their family members.

The Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB) may be used in any General, Special, Primary, or Runoff Election for Federal Offices only if all of the following circumstances apply:
  • You must be casting the ballot from outside the United States
  • You must have applied for a regular ballot using the FPCA Form so that the request is received by McLennan County at least 30 days before the election
  • You have not yet received the regular ballot
In summary, the FWAB is valid only when a regular ballot has already been requested in a timely manner, and it has not yet been received.

The FWAB (PDF) is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Questions
Please contact us if you need further information on voting by mail.