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H.R. 4393 (99th): Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act

About the bill

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The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), P.L. 99-410, 4 U.S.C. §§ 1973ff–1973ff-6, 39 U.S.C. § 3406, 18 U.S.C. §§ 608–609, is a United States federal law dealing with elections and voting rights for United States citizens residing overseas. The act requires that all U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands allow certain U.S. citizens to register to vote and to vote by absentee ballot in federal elections. The act is Public Law 99-410 and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on August 28, 1986.

Groups of people covered under the act are:

  • Members of the seven Uniformed Services
  • Members of the U.S. Merchant Marine
  • Eligible family members of the above
  • U.S. citizens employed by …

Sponsor and status

Mar 12, 1986
99th Congress (1985–1986)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 28, 1986

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 28, 1986.

Pub.L. 99-410

Allan Swift

Representative for Washington's 2nd congressional district



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Last Updated: Aug 28, 1986


101 Cosponsors (64 Democrats, 37 Republicans)



Mar 12, 1986

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Aug 7, 1986
Ordered Reported

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Aug 12, 1986
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 16, 1986
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 28, 1986
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 4393 (99th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4393. This is the one from the 99th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 99th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 1985 to Oct 18, 1986. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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