Updated: Sep 13, 2022
We know that the right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and our identity as Americans, regardless of political affiliation. It is a constitutional right and a public trust. US citizens can vote from anywhere in the 2022 midterm elections and we encourage you strongly to participate in the democratic process. As Americans, we believe the ability to have a say in who runs the government is a human right. So register to vote and request your absentee ballot by sending in your FPCA (Federal Post Card Application) today!
Tina Datta Vanessa Moore
Chair, Republicans Overseas, Singapore Chair, Democrats Abroad Lion City
Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022
Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 US elections and participate in Absentee Voting Week!
In some states, voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2022 elections are as early as October 5, 2022.
Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, we recommend that you complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) each year to ensure you are able to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.
Watch Your Email
If you have already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2022 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will be receiving your blank ballot or instructions for how to access your ballot soon if you have not already received it. If you are not sure about the status of your absentee ballot request you should contact your local election officials in the United States or check the status of your registration via your state’s voter registration verification website.
Where to Mail Your Ballot
You can get voting assistance from the embassy or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, in an envelope addressed to your local election officials, during the following hours: Mon-Fri: 08:30-12:00 and 13:30-15:00 (closed Thursday afternoons). Please bring your US passport to be admitted into the embassy’s American Citizen Services unit. Personal electronic devices are not permitted inside the embassy.
All ballots dropped at the Embassy will be sent by diplomatic pouch to a United States sorting facility free of charge. Your ballot must be in an envelope bearing a postage-paid label OR sufficient US postage to be delivered from the sorting facility to your local election authorities. Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent via diplomatic pouch, so plan accordingly to ensure your ballot arrives on time!
Help Spread the Word about Overseas Voting
Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.
It's Not Too Late!
If you have never voted while overseas before, it is not too late. The process is easy! Just follow these steps:
1. Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Whether you are a first-time voter or have voted absentee in past elections, we recommend that you complete an FPCA to receive your ballot this fall. It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (presidential and state primaries, run-off, special, and the November general elections) during the course of the year in which you submit the FPCA. Local election officials in all US states and territories accept the FPCA.
The online voting assistant available at FVAP.gov is an easy way to complete the FPCA. It will ask you questions specific to your state and tell you if electronic ballot delivery is possible. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address to take advantage of electronic delivery. The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign.
2. Submit the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
You can send your FPCA directly to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense. Or drop off your FPCA addressed to your local election officials at the US Embassy in Singapore, during the following hours: Mon-Fri: 08:30-12:00 and 13:30-15:00 (closed Thursday afternoons). Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent via diplomatic pouch, so plan accordingly to ensure your ballot arrives on time. The embassy is located at 27 Napier Rd, Singapore 258508.
3. Receive Your Ballot
After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm online your registration and ballot deliveryselection. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election (September 24) for federal office(President, US Senate, or US House of Representatives) to any overseas US citizen who has completed an FPCA.
4. Return Your Ballot
We recommend that if you plan to return your paper ballot to your election officials via the US embassy, please drop off your ballot by October 8 to account for transit times between overseas posts and local voting districts. If you wish to drop off your ballot at the embassy, place it in either a postage-paid envelope or envelope bearing domestic US postage addressed to your local election officials. You can download the postage paid envelope from the FVAP.gov website. Drop off your ballot Mon-Fri: 08:30-12:00 and 13:30-15:00 (closed Thursday afternoons).
If there isn't enough time to receive and send back your ballot before the election, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It is a backup ballot you can use if you don’t receive your ballot in a timely manner. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, fill out and send in the official ballot too. Only one will be counted.
After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.
Your Vote Counts
Many US elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%. 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, which varies by state.
Vote Smart: Educate Yourself
Be an educated voter. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, and search the Internet to locate articles and information.
If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact US Embassy Singapore’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteSINGAPORE@state.gov.
Courtesy US Embassy Singapore