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Military and Overseas Voters (UOCAVA)

Registering or Updating Registration | Voting

If you are in the Military or living out of the county, it is very important you are registered as a UOCAVA voter. UOCAVA ballots are mailed at least 45 days before an election; local ballots are mailed 20 days before an election.

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). 
UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. This Act provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for these citizens.

=> Important Information for Overseas Voters <= 

Register or update your registration

  • If you have an Oregon Drivers license you can register or update online at: As a Military or Overseas voter, your residence address is your last Oregon residence address. Make sure to check the box under Mailing Address that you will be away from home on election day and then on the next screen the type of voter you are and your Military or Overseas address. 
    Please note, the online system will not work in the following countries.
  • The Federal Voting Assistance Program’s online system does not require an Oregon’s driver's license.
  • You can also use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (510.83 KB) Fill out the form, print it, sign it and then email it to Then, mail the original to Multnomah Co Elections, 1040 SE Morrison St Portland OR 97214, USA.

Please note, when registering as an overseas voter, it is very important to mark the correct classification for your circumstance. If you mark that your return is not certain, Federal law only allows you to vote on Federal only candidates and issues. If you are a U.S citizen residing outside of the U.S. and intend to return at some point in the future, make sure to mark that box that you intend to return. That way, you will receive a full ballot with Federal and State and Local offices and measures. Eligible military voters (active Uniformed service, Merchant marine and National Guard) and eligible spouses or dependents always receive a full ballot. Please see the flowchart below for more information.


The next election in Multnomah County is a local Special Election, to be held on November 5, 2019. There are local ballot measures on the ballot and there will be no candidate races. Only eligible voters that live within the boundaries of the local districts holding elections will receive a ballot. The districts on the ballot are City of Portland, City of Troutdale, Metro, Portland Public School District and Sauvie Island Fire District.

Military & Overseas Ballots will be mailed on Sept. 20, 2019 and must be returned by 8:00 p.m. pacific time, November 5, 2019. Due to the potential of a U.S. withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union (UPU), if you plan to mail your paper ballot back, you may be required to pay significantly more in return postage. Withdrawal status from the UPU is unknown at this time. Please visit  for updates on withdrawal status. Remember, voters registered in Oregon who are military or overseas voters always have the option of returning the ballot and required forms by EMAIL or FAX or using the prepaid postage return envelope returned to a U.S. post office, overseas U.S. military post office, an American Embassy or an American Consulate.

For more information on the measures on the ballot, Voters' Guides are available online below. 

If you are registered as a military or overseas voter, your ballot will be mailed to you at least 45-days prior to the election. If you update or register after that date, you will be mailed a ballot to your military/overseas address as soon as we receive the military/overseas registration. Oregon law requires that we mail you a ballot, but you have the option of accessing your ballot online. Please see the information below.

Military and overseas voters registered in Oregon have options in voting. Those options include how to mark the ballot and how to return the ballot.During the voting period, military & overseas registered voters can access and mark their ballot online by visiting My Vote, hosted by the Oregon Secretary of State's office. If you have any problems accessing your ballot online, please contact Multnomah County Elections.  Please note, the online system will not work in the following countries.