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 28, 2016||
Received by* May 30, 2016
Received by June 23, 2016
By Mail: Sent by** June 27, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 8 PM, June 28, 2016
| General Election
November 8, 2016
Received by* October 10, 2016
Received by November 3, 2016
By Mail: Sent by** November 7, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 8 PM, November 8, 2016
*Registration: The FWAB must be received 5 days before the election if used for registration.
**Ballot Return: Mailed ballots must be received by the 13th 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.
Download fillable FPCA
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.
Download fillable 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.
You may track the status of your ballot by using the link and password provided when your ballot was sent to you.