The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense agency that works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so — from anywhere in the world.
As a U.S. citizen overseas, or Service member or military spouse living away from your voting residence, you can vote absentee.
1. Register to vote and request your ballot with one form.
It’s called the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You can get it at www.FVAP.gov.
At www.FVAP.gov, select your State of voting residence for all the info and materials you need. You can use FVAP’s online assistant to help fill out your FPCA. Or print it and fill it out by hand.
Then send it to your election office. Find the address at www.FVAP.gov to mail it. Or check if your State allows you to send it in by email or fax if that’s easier.
For the General Election on November 8, plan to send your FPCA by August 1, 2016 (or later depending on your State). Check www.FVAP.gov for your State’s specific deadline.
You have to send in a new FPCA every year. To ensure you receive your absentee ballots for all 2016 elections, send a new FPCA this year — even if you’ve done it before.
2. Fill out and send in your ballot when it arrives.
Once you receive your ballot, fill it out and send it back to your election office.
Some States allow you to return your ballot by email or fax, so check what your State allows.
For the General Election, you should receive your ballot by early October.
And you should send it back by [October 15, 2016 (for voters outside the U.S) –OR– November 1, 2016 (for voters stateside)].
If you don’t get your ballot in time to send it back by the deadline, that’s no problem. Get a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) from www.FVAP.gov. Fill it out and send it like your regular ballot.
After you send in your ballot, you can even check if it was received. Select your State at www.FVAP.gov to check the status of your ballot.
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