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. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website: www.FVAP.gov/
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.
How to Submit Your Ballot
While you cannot “vote” at the Embassy, you can submit your completed voter registration form or ballot to be mailed back to the United States free of charge. Please note that this process can take 2-3 weeks to reach your local election official, so please plan accordingly. When mailing your ballot, please either use a postage paid envelope or have correct U.S. domestic postage on the envelope. Stamps are not available for sale at the embassy, but postage can be purchased through U.S. Postal Service “Click and Ship”. It is faster to submit your election materials electronically, and we encourage voters to take advantage of this opportunity if your state allows it.
You may drop off your ballot at the front gate of the U.S. Embassy any time between 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm on any business day from Sunday to Thursday.