Voting

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? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Request Your Ballot:

Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.  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.

You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. If you prefer to fill out a hard copy of the FPCA, please stop by the Consular section on business days from 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.  FVAP.gov 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:

Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  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’s mail room.

Ballots can be hand delivered to the consular staff in the consular section on business days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You need to 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. The Embassy does not sell stamps.