Military and Overseas Voter

County of Lake Voters Who Are:

  • Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
  • Spouses or dependents of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • US citizens living abroad with an intent to return
  • US citizens living abroad with no intent to return

may register and apply for a ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form. For more information or to register as a military or overseas voter, visit the Secretary of State's website.

The FPCA form is available at your local US Embassy or at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.

How To Return Your FPCA Form

By Mail:
County of Lake
Registrar of Voters Office
255 N Forbes St, Room 209
Lakeport, CA 95453

By Email:
[email protected]

By Fax:
(707) 263-2742

Choose How You Want To Receive Your Ballot

  • email
  • fax
  • mail

Pursuant to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), the County of Lake will send your ballot between 60 and 45 days before Election Day.

If you are overseas and unable to access mail, you may request to receive an email with a link to access your ballot electronically through the Accessible Vote by Mail System. The Accessible Vote by Mail System allows you to download and mark your correct ballot, and print your marked ballot when you have finished voting. The system also provides access to your County Voter Information Guide and a downloadable packet containing instructions for returning your voted ballot. If you did not receive an email or did not select email as your ballot preference, you may still access the Accessible Vote by Mail System as a Military or Overseas Voter through the Voter Lookup Tool.

How To Return Your Ballot

  • mail
  • fax

Return your voted ballot and signed Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope to your county elections official by either mail or fax (under certain circumstances).

If mailing: Your voted ballot and signed return envelope must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.

If faxing: If you are living outside the territorial limits of the United States or are called for military service within the United States on or after the final date to make application for a vote-by-mail ballot, you may return your ballot by fax, but it must be received by your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. If you decide to fax your voted ballot and signed Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope, you must also fax an "Oath of Voter" form to waive your right to a confidential vote. This oath is in addition to the voter's declaration that is on the Military or Overseas Voter Return Envelope. Please use the oath form provided to you.

Under California law, while you may receive a blank ballot by email, you may not return a voted ballot by email.