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 August 2, 2016
By Mail: Postmarked by July 12, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by July 12, 2016
Sent by August 2, 2016
Received by August 2, 2016
General Election
November 8, 2016
By Mail: Postmarked by October 18, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by October 18, 2016
Sent by November 8, 2016
Received by November 8, 2016

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

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.

You may contact your county election office to check the status of your voted ballot at https://www.kssos.org/elections/elections_registration_ceo.asp.