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 April 19, 2016||
Received by March 25, 2016
Received by April 12, 2016
Postmarked by* April 18, 2016
|Federal Primary June 28, 2016||
Received by June 3, 2016
Received by June 21, 2016
Postmarked by* June 27, 2016
| General Election
November 8, 2016
Postmarked by*** October 14, 2016
Received by November 1, 2016
Postmarked by** November 7, 2016
*Ballot Return: Primary election ballots must be received by the 7th day after the election.
**Ballot Return: General election ballots must be received by the 13th day after the election.
***Registration: Must be received by the 19th.
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
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).
Download fillable FWAB
Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FWAB.