California

Can You Vote Absentee?

In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 18 years old.
  • be absent from your voting residence.

The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:

  • an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine;
  • an eligible spouse or family member of an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine; or
  • 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

Get My Ballot

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

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.