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 September 12, 2018||
August 13, 2018
Received by* 4 PM, August 22, 2018
Received by 8 PM, September 12, 2018
| General Election
November 6, 2018
October 7, 2018
Received by** 4 PM, October 16, 2018
Received by 8 PM, November 6, 2018
*The emergency mail ballot period for the State Primary runs from August 23rd through September 11th. Contact your local board of canvassers for more details.
**The emergency mail ballot period for the General Election runs from October 17th through November 5th. Contact your local board of canvassers for more details.
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
You may use the Federal Write-in Ballot (FWAB) to cast your absentee ballot, register to vote or request future absentee ballots.
Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FWAB.