Many US elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters overseas, so make your vote count this election!

All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. Here's the process:

1.  Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at

2.  Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  

3.  Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, then you can do so free of charge by dropping it off in the “Ballot Box” in the Consular ACS waiting room. 

For questions regarding this process, please email the Voting Assistant Officer (VAO) at: