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|
|Presidential Primary June 7, 2016||
Return by Mail: Postmarked by May 23, 2016
Return by Fax: Received by May 23, 2016
Received by May 31, 2016
Return by Mail: Postmarked by* June 7, 2016
Return by Fax: Received by June 7, 2016
| General Election
November 8, 2016
Return by Mail: Postmarked by October 24, 2016
Return by Fax: Received by October 24, 2016
Received by November 1, 2016
Return by Mail: Postmarked by* November 8, 2016
Return by Fax: Received by November 8, 2016
*Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 3rd day after the election, excluding holidays.
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