Can You Vote Absentee?
In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:
- A citizen of the United States on the date of the election in which you wish to vote
- At least 18 years old on Election Day. (Some States allow 17-year olds to vote in primary elections if they will be 18 on or before the general election.)
The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:
- An active duty member of the U.S. Uniformed Services, Merchant Marine or Activated National Guard
- A family member (spouse or dependent)
- A U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.
Federal Election Deadlines
|Registration||Ballot Request||Ballot Return|
| General Election
November 8, 2016
- Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than election day
Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.
Register to Vote, Request a Ballot, or Update My Voter Info
You must register and request an absentee ballot in your State of legal residence by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submit it to your local election office.
Download fillable FPCA