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
State Primary May 20, 2014
April 21, 2014
May 13, 2014
Received by 5 PM, May 30, 2014
Postmarked by** May 20, 2014
State Primary Runoff June 10, 2014
May 12, 2014
June 3, 2014*
Received by 5 PM, June 20, 2014
Postmarked by** June 10, 2014
General Election
November 4, 2014
October 6, 2014
October 28, 2014
Received by 5 PM, November 14, 2014
Postmarked by** November 4, 2014

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

*Special Runoff ballot request included with a State Primary ballot request, however, if a voter did not request a ballot for the State Primary, the deadline for requesting a ballot for the State Primary Runoff is June 3, 2014.

**No postmark required for members of the Uniformed Services.

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

Get My Ballot

You may use the Federal Write-in Ballot (FWAB) to cast your absentee ballot, register to vote or request future absentee ballots.

Download fillable FWAB

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

After sending in your voted absentee ballot, you are entitled to find out its status.