Voting

All U.S. citizens can now receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you can receive your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, complete a new Federal Post Card Application on www.FVAP.gov. Once you print and sign the FPCA, please return it to your local election office in the United States. We recommend that overseas U.S. citizens get into the habit of completing FPCAs each January. In addition, please include your email address on the FPCA so it’s easier for your election officials to contact you if there is a problem.

Electronic ballot delivery is the fastest and most reliable way to receive your ballot on time, and we strongly recommend every overseas U.S. citizen voter take advantage of it.  If your state delivers ballots via fax, please include your fax number on the FPCA as well. 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 that offer a method to track the status of your registration and ballot.

Remember that your vote counts, and that many U.S. elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%.  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and it reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Be an Educated Voter.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain via various websites such as Project Smart Voter.  You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.