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Military and Overseas Voters (UOCAVA)

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.

Register or update your registration

Please note, when registering as an overseas voter, it is very important to mark the correct classification. 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 make sure to mark that box to receive a full ballot. 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.


Your ballot will be mailed to you 46-days prior to the election. 

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.