MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! The law does not require citizens to vote, but voting is a very important part of any democracy. By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process. Citizens vote for leaders to represent them and their ideas, and the leaders support the citizens‘ interests.
It is so important that, even as a U.S. citizen living outside the country, you can vote absentee while living away from your voting residence.
- Register to vote and request your ballot in one easy step. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at gov and send it to your election office. Check your voter registration deadline for the next election based on your state. For the General Election, it’s best to send in the FPCA by August 1.
- Fill out and send in your ballot when it arrives. ( Recommended deadline October 13, 2020)For the general election, you should receive your ballot by early October.
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.
What if Ballot doesn’t arrive in time? You can still make it ! If there isn’t enough time to receive and send back your ballot before the election, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, fill out and send in the official ballot too. Only one will be counted.
Want to be sure your ballot was received? You can check the status with your election office at fvap.gov
Need help? You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officer.