Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting From Overseas

In order to vote in the November 3, 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.

If you have not completed the FPCA, you are about to miss your chance to vote this November.  If completed the FPCA, please be sure to request your absentee ballot at now for this year’s elections.

For the general election, you should receive your ballot by early October.

Vote and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Check the deadline for your ballot based on your state.  If you are outside the United States, the recommended vote-by day for the 2020 General Election is October 13, 2020.

If you requested your ballot but haven’t received it, contact your election office to ask about the status of your ballot request.

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.

After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.

Remember, your vote counts!