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Overseas voters

US citizens abroad can file a single form once each calendar year to register to vote and request their absentee ballots. Filing deadlines for the overseas voter registration/ballot request form vary by state.

  1. Generate your voter registration/ballot request form using the online service at Overseas Vote.
  2. Provide a phone number and at least one email address where you can be reached, just in case your Local Election Office needs to get in touch with you.
  3. Print, sign, and date the form.
  4. Send your completed form to your Local Election Office.
  5. Check your state’s Voter Materials Transmission Options for how you can transmit your form to your Local Election Office.
  6. States begin mailing absentee ballots to overseas voters at least 45 days before Election Day.
  7. Once you receive your absentee ballot, fill it in completely, sign and date the form where indicated, and send it back to your Local Election Office.

If you haven't received your ballot within 30 days of Election Day, check your states’ ballot tracking service. If you still cannot locate your ballot, call your Local Election Office.

If your requested absentee ballot does not arrive in time, you can vote by using the backup Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

  1. You can generate a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) at Overseas Vote.
  2. Provide a phone number and at least one email address where you can be reached, just in case your Local Election Office needs to get in touch with you.
  3. Print, sign, and date the cover sheet.
  4. Return your completed ballot to your Local Election Office as soon as possible, and ideally by Election Day. All states will let you return the ballot by mail, and some will let you return it via fax or email. Check your state’s Voter Materials Transmission Options for how you can transmit your ballot to your Local Election Office. Check your state’s Voter Materials Transmission Options for how you can transmit your ballot to your Local Election Office.
  5. If your official absentee ballot arrives, complete it and return this ballot as well. Your Local Election Office will make sure that only one of the ballots is counted.