Absentee Voting While Abroad

Absentee voting is a simple process:

Step 1: Apply for a Ballot

Apply for a ballot any time during the year. Vote from wherever you consider to be your home. you can apply for online voting registration or send a Federal Post Card Application to your local voting office

Different states have different voting rules and deadlines. If you are voting in Minnesota, go to mnvotes.org. If your voting registration is not in Minnesota, go to fvap.gov for voting instructions.

Step 2: Receive and Print Voting Materials

Once your application is approved, you will be emailed your voting materials. 

Step 3: Vote and Complete Forms

Read your ballot instructions carefully! Your ballot will not count if you do not complete and return all forms.

Step 4: Mail Ballot Back by Deadline

Complete your ballot and send it back to your local election official before your State's request deadline

Your state may allow you to submit your FPCA via mail, fax, or e-mail. Consult the online Voting Assistance Guide for your state's current requirements. If you need help completing or submitting the form, contact the voting assistance officer at the closest U.S. embassy or consulate, or check additional resources available on FVAP.gov.

Step 5: Confirm Your Ballot was Received

All absentee ballots that are received on time and had the forms filled out correctly will be counted.

Some states allow you to track your voting ballot. Minnesota voters can use the absentee ballot tracker on mnvotes.org to track and confirm if their ballots are received and counted.

Step 6 (Extra): If Your Ballot Fails to Arrive 

Use the emergency Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to vote. A more detailed instructions can be found on fvap.gov.