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 June 24, 2014
By mail May 27, 2014
Online June 9, 2014
June 19, 2014
12:01 AM, June 24, 2014
General Election
November 4, 2014
By mail October 7, 2014
Online October 21, 2014
October 31, 2014
12:01 AM, 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.

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 track the status of your ballot by using the link and password provided when your ballot was sent to you.