Vol. 30 Iss. 9 - December 30, 2013

Chapter 45
Proposed Regulation

Title of Regulation: 1VAC20-45. Absent Military and Overseas Voters (adding 1VAC20-45-10 through 1VAC20-45-40).

Statutory Authority: § 24.2-103 of the Code of Virginia.

Public Hearing Information: A public hearing will be scheduled. Contact the agency for details.

Public Comment Deadline: January 13, 2014.

Agency Contact: Martha Brissette, Policy Analyst, State Board of Elections, 1100 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23228, telephone (804) 864-8925, FAX (804) 371-0194, or email

Small Business Impact Review Report of Findings: This regulatory action serves as the report of the findings of the regulatory review pursuant to § 2.2-4007.1 of the Code of Virginia.


The State Board of Elections is proposing a new chapter for all regulations regarding absent military and overseas voters, which are currently found in 1VAC20-040 and 1VAC20-70, consistent with Chapter 353 of the 2012 Acts of Assembly establishing the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. The regulations address voter registration, electronic submission of the Federal Post Card Application, and material omissions from federal write-in absentee ballots.


1VAC20-45-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Application for an absentee ballot" means a Federal Post Card Application (Form SF-76). A Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (SF-186) is an absentee ballot application only for the voted ballot being submitted and is not an application for future elections.

"Federal-only ballot overseas voter" means a United States citizen residing outside the United States indefinitely who has not provided his last date of residence in Virginia or employment information showing that he is employed overseas or is the spouse or dependent residing with a person employed overseas. The date the applicant has provided next to his affirmation will serve as his last date of residence.

1VAC20-45-20. Voter registration.

A. Presumptions. As provided in 1VAC20-40-30 B, no presumption in favor of or against residence may arise merely on the basis of a person's presence or absence in the following circumstances:

1. While employed in the service of the Commonwealth or United States, whether military or civilian; or

2. While engaged in the navigation of the waters of the United States or of the high seas.

B. Material omissions from applications for voter registration on a Federal Post Card Application or Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot. The following omissions are not material:

1. Service identification number, rank, grade, or rate on an application that declares active duty military status.

2. Employer name and address on an application that declares temporary overseas residence with no date of last residence.

3. Employer name and address on an application that declares temporary overseas residence with a date of last residence. If practicable, the general registrar should inform the applicant that eligibility for full ballots requires providing the name and address of an employer outside the United States.

4. Date of last residence on an application that declares indefinite overseas residence. The date of last residence for an application declaring indefinite overseas residence without indicating a date of last residence in the United States shall be the date the application is signed.

1VAC20-45-30. Electronic submission of Federal Post Card Application.

An applicant eligible for registration who applies for registration simultaneously with a request for an absentee ballot on a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) as authorized by §§ 24.2-458 and 24.2-703 of the Code of Virginia may apply for registration as well as request an absentee ballot by facsimile transmission or scanned email attachment. An electronically submitted FPCA shall be sufficient to apply for registration and request an absentee ballot if signed and otherwise complete.

1VAC20-45-40. Material omissions from Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots.

A. Pursuant to the requirements of §§ 24.2-467, 24.2-702.1, and 24.2-706 of the Code of Virginia, a timely received write-in absentee ballot on a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) (Form SF-186) should not be rendered invalid if it contains an error or omission not material to determining the eligibility of the applicant to vote in the election in which he offers to vote.

B. If the applicant is not registered, the FWAB may not be accepted as timely for registration unless the applicant has met the applicable registration deadline. Section 24.2-419 of the Code of Virginia extends the mail registration deadline for certain military applicants. All applications requesting mailed ballots are subject to the mail absentee application deadline in §§ 24.2-459 and 24.2-701 of the Code of Virginia.

C. The following omissions are always material and any FWAB containing such omissions should be rendered invalid if on the declaration/affirmation any of the following, or combination thereof, exists:

1. The applicant has omitted the signature of the voter or the notation of an assistant in the voter signature box that the voter is unable to sign;

2. The applicant has omitted the signature of the witness; or

3. The applicant did not include the declaration/affirmation page.

D. The ballot should not be rendered invalid if on the FWAB any of the following, or combination thereof, exists:

1. The applicant has not listed the names specifically in the order of last, first, and middle name;

2. The applicant has listed a middle initial or maiden name, instead of the full middle name;

3. The applicant has omitted the street identifier, such as the term "road" or "street," when filling in the legal residence;

4. The applicant has omitted the county or city of registration if the county or city is clearly identifiable by the residence address information provided;

5. The applicant has omitted the zip code;

6. The applicant has omitted the date of the signature of the voter;

7. The applicant has omitted the address of the witness;

8. The applicant has omitted the date of signature of the witness;

9. The applicant did not seal the ballot within the security envelope, provided there is substantial compliance with the requirement that the ballot be accompanied by the required voter statement; or

10. The applicant has submitted a ballot containing offices or issues for which he is not eligible.

NOTICE: The following forms used in administering the regulation were filed by the agency. The forms are not being published; however, online users of this issue of the Virginia Register of Regulations may click on the name of a form with a hyperlink to access it. The forms are also available from the agency contact or may be viewed at the Office of the Registrar of Regulations, General Assembly Building, 2nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

FORMS (1VAC20-45)

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request, Standard Form 76 (rev. 8/11)

Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB), Voter's Declaration/Affirmation, Standard Form 186 (rev. 8/11)

Envelope B for Statement of UOCAVA Absentee Voter, 42 USC 1973ff-1 (rev. 7/13)

VA.R. Doc. No. R14-3928; Filed December 9, 2013, 12:48 p.m.