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 March 1, 2016||
Received by February 24, 2016
Received by February 29, 2016
Received by March 1, 2016
|State Primary August 9, 2016||
Received by August 3, 2016
Received by August 8, 2016
Received by August 9, 2016
| General Election
November 8, 2016
Received by November 2, 2016
Received by November 7, 2016
Received by November 8, 2016
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.
Check the Status of My Voted Ballot
After sending in your voted absentee ballot, you are entitled to find out its status.
Note: You may track the status of your ballot by using the link and password provided when your ballot was sent to you.