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
CD 19 Special General June 24, 2014
May 27, 2014
By mail June 18, 2014
By fax/email June 24, 2014
Absent Stateside Uniformed Services Voters June 24, 2014
Overseas Voters - Uniformed Services members and U.S. citizens overseas July 4, 2014
Postmarked by June 24, 2014
State Primary August 26, 2014
July 28, 2014
August 20, 2014
Received by 7 PM, August 26, 2014
General Election
November 4, 2014
October 6, 2014
By mail October 29, 2014
By fax/email November 4, 2014
Overseas Voters - Uniformed Services members and U.S. citizens overseas Postmarked by November 4, 2014
Received by November 14, 2014
Absent Stateside Uniformed Services Voters Received by 7 PM, November 4, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. 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

Get My Ballot

If you have registered and requested an absentee ballot by the request deadline, you may you may use the Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB).

Download fillable FWAB

  • Available jurisdiction tools

  • Use FVAP's Online Assistant
  • Complete Form by Hand

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

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