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
State Primary June 5, 2018
By Mail: Postmarked by May 21, 2018
By Online or Fax: Received by May 21, 2018
Received by May 29, 2018
Return by Mail: Postmarked by* June 5, 2018
Return by Fax: Received by June 5, 2018
General Election
November 6, 2018
By Mail: Postmarked by October 22, 2018
By Online or Fax: Received by October 22, 2018
Received by October 30, 2018
Return by Mail: Postmarked by* November 6, 2018
Return by Fax: Received by November 6, 2018

*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.

Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your 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).

Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FWAB.

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

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