Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?

Request Your Ballot:

Register to vote and request a ballot.  Completing a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at accomplishes both tasks at once, and is accepted by all U.S. local election officials.  Voters can also register and request a ballot at their state’s Secretary of State website.   All U.S. citizens overseas who wish to vote must submit a new FPCA in each calendar year (January – December) they wish to vote unless their state specifically does not required it.

Ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

Confirming your registration:

Thirty eight states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico now have websites voters can visit to confirm their registration. Valid registration does not necessarily confirm that the state has received a valid absentee ballot request for that voter.

Receive and Complete Your Ballot:

States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

Return Your Completed Ballot:

Many states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so here at the U.S. Embassy.  Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.  Ballots can be hand delivered to the consular staff in the consular section Monday – Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  We will return your ballot via the diplomatic pouch, which is slower than normal mail, so allow an additional 2-4 weeks for your ballot to arrive at your local election office.


For more information on voting in the November 3, 2020 elections, see the Embassy’s voting alerts and FAQs posted here:

If you need further clarification, email us