Voting in U.S. Elections Overseas

The Voting Assistance Guide is the official and primary source of absentee voting information. It is designed for use by both military and civilians providing assistance, as well as individual citizens in registering and voting absentee.

Absentee Voting

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 the FVAP website 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. We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. 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, and many offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.

IMPORTANT NOTE: States are no longer required to automatically send ballots to voters for an entire election cycle; so everyone who wants to vote in U.S. elections from overseas should send in a new Federal Post Card Application in January of each year. If you have any questions, please write to us at: consularmuscat@state.gov

For more information, please visit http://www.fvap.gov/.