Military and Overseas Voters (UOCAVA)

We work to ensure that military and overseas voters are able to vote as efficiently as possible from far away locations.

These voters are called “UOCAVA” voters, termed by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

Read this information to determine if you are a UOCAVA voter. If you no longer qualify as a UOCAVA voter, or you no longer claim El Paso County as your place of residence, visit and update or withdraw your voter registration.

Please contact our office with any questions and refer to the resources provided.

UOCAVA voters encompass military or civilian electors.

MILITARY — a resident of Colorado but ABSENT from the state and:

An active duty member or an active or reserve military branch

A Colorado National Guard member on active duty

A member in service to the merchant marine, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service

A spouse, dependent, or civil union partner of such member whose absence is due to the active duty or service of that service member.

OVERSEAS — a resident of Colorado who immediately before leaving the U.S. was a resident of Colorado and

Either on a temporary or permanent basis is now living outside the U.S.

How to Update your Record to a UOCAVA Status

Update your voter record at to reflect your UOCAVA status.

    • Keep your residential address in El Paso County
    • For military voters – provide a mailing address or a ballot address outside of Colorado
    • For overseas civilian voters – provide a mailing address or a ballot address outside of the United States
    • Choose the method to receive your ballot: electronic or mail
    • When choosing electronic voting, provide your email address

Electronic Voting – An email will be sent to you 45 days prior to the election with instructions on how to access your ballot.

Mail Voting – Your ballot will be sent via USPS 45 days prior to the election.

Ballots returned via USPS must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. UOCAVA ballots are accepted by the Clerk’s Office up to eight days after the election if they are postmarked by 7:00 p.m. Election Day.

The Colorado Secretary of State provides detailed information for military and overseas voters.