Voting

Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States. We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices. Most states now have voter registration verification websites, and many offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.

Overseas voters are eligible to vote in all regular, primary, and special elections for federal offices. Some states also allow overseas voters to vote in state and local elections depending on the voter’s status.

Even if you haven’t registered with your local election officials, you may still be able to do so as many jurisdictions now have online options available.

Start by visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at FVAP.gov:

  • It’s fast: For fastest delivery, U.S. citizens can choose electronic delivery of an absentee ballot from their home state and include an email address on their FPCA.
  • It’s free: U.S. citizens can return their FPCA or completed ballot to a U.S. embassy or consulate for mail delivery to the United States free of charge via diplomatic pouch. Postage-paid return envelopes are available from FVAP.gov.
  • It’s accessible: U.S. citizens can drop off an FPCA or completed ballot in person at any embassy or consulate during public hours. Ballots should be dropped off no later than October 15, 2018 for the November 6th elections, but all ballots will be forwarded to election officials regardless of when they are received, as most jurisdictions have later voting deadlines for overseas voters.

The easiest way to fill out the FPCA is with the help of the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Online Voting Assistant. It will walk a voter through the process of registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, and how to submit the FPCA to local election officials.

U.S. citizens can verify if they are registered to vote by using their state’s online verification website or by contacting local election officials.

U.S. voters can confirm that their ballot was received by local election officials by visiting their state’s election website.

Questions? Contact us at KampalaUSCitizen@state.gov