Recently passed state law has changed some military and overseas voting procedures. All military and overseas voters now have the right to register and vote for all contests in all federal, state, and local elections held in the home precinct where they last lived in the U.S. or District of Columbia. Citizens born outside of the U.S. now may vote for all contests in all elections held in the home precinct where their parent or legal guardian last lived in the U.S. or D.C.
Who Can Qualify as a Military or Overseas Voter?
You can qualify as a "military or overseas voter" if you are eligible to vote in California, absent from the county in which you are eligible to vote, and you are:
- A member of the active or reserve components of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard; a Merchant Marine; a member of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps; a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps of the United States; or a member on activated status of the National Guard or state militia
- A spouse or dependent of a person described above; or
- A U.S. citizen living outside of the territorial limits of the U.S. or D.C.
For information on registering to vote, requesting a vote-by-mail ballot, and returning your voted ballot, click on the statement below that describes your situation:
I am a military voter stationed overseas
I am a civilian temporarily or permanently living overseas
I am a military voter stationed inside the United States but outside San Francisco
I am a military voter called into service outside my home county less than 7 days before an election
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