Voting Residency Guidelines
Citizens Residing Outside the U.S.
Citizens residing outside the U.S. may not arbitrarily choose which State to declare as their legal voting residence without meeting the State's residency requirement. The following are basic guidelines to follow in determining voting residency:
- Your "legal State of residence" for voting purposes is the address where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the U.S. This residence remains valid even though the citizen may no longer own property or have other ties to their last State residence and their intent to return to that State may be uncertain.
- Voting in an election for Federal offices only may not be used as the sole basis to determine residency for the purposes of imposing State and local taxes. If you claim a particular State as your residence and have other ties with that State in addition to voting, then you may be liable for State and local taxation, depending upon that particular State law. Consult your legal counsel for specific questions or situations.
FVAP has provided training to help you understand the absentee voting process, complete your absentee ballot request and successfully cast your absentee ballot. Below are self-guided training slides in Adobe and Powerpoint formats. Don't have these programs? Download them here: Microsoft's website for PowerPoint; or get Adobe Reader.
Civilian Voting Workshops
- Civilian Voter Training (Adobe Acrobat)
- Civilian Voter Training (Microsoft PowerPoint)
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