How long are Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) absentee
requests good for? How does ElectioNet handle these requests over time?
A FPCA absentee request is valid through the next 2 regularly
scheduled General Elections. ElectioNet allows for electors to be designated
as being a Military or Overseas Citizen. When issuing an absentee ballot
to a Military or Overseas Citizen, follow the steps in the User Guide
under Absentee Ballots, Add an Absentee Ballot. However, on the Absentee
Ballot screen, select an option from the Military/Overseas Status drop-down
list prior to clicking on the Add New Absentee Ballot Request pushbutton
to issue an absentee ballot. The Military/Overseas Status drop-down menu
choices are: Citizen Residing Overseas, Military/Member of Uniformed Services,
Spouse/Dependents of Military/Uniformed Services, or Spouse/Dependents
of Citizens Residing Overseas. Once at the Maintain Absentee Ballots screen,
enter the original request date of the FPCA card in the request date field.
That way you can print an absentee ballot report listing only military
and overseas citizens absentee ballot requests that you can use to identify
those individuals that need to be issued an absentee ballot for the next
federal election. ElectioNet will not automatically issue an absentee
ballot for those who are designated as a Military or Overseas Citizen
and sent in an FPCA card. Therefore, you will need to continue to track
those voters for subsequent elections.