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 May 8, 2018||
By Mail: Received by April 9, 2018
By Email or Fax: Received by April 9, 2018
Received by 12 PM, May 5, 2018
Sent by* 12:01 AM, May 8, 2018
| General Election
November 6, 2018
By Mail: Received by October 9, 2018
By Email or Fax: Received by October 9, 2018
Received by 12 PM, November 3, 2018
Sent by* 12:01 AM, November 6, 2018
*Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 10th day after the election.
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.