This year’s upcoming presidential election is certainly controversy-laden, which is all the more reason to make sure you know how to participate. Here is a quick run-down of what you need to do to make your voice count.
Request a ballot:
Click here to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) online. This will let you cast a ballot for all elections for federal office. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically, or whether you need to send it back via snail mail.
Complete your ballot:
States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, so you should have plenty of time.
Submit your completed ballot:
If your state doesn’t allow you to return your ballot electronically, you can take it free of charge to the U.S. Embassy. You can also just mail the ballot to the relevant local election officials. If you are going to going to drop it off at the U.S. Embassy or consulate: fill it out and seal your voting materials per the instructions on FVAP.gov. Put them in the postage-paid envelope provided here, address it to your local election officials and drop it off at the U.S. Embassy (at the gate located on Cerviño).
If you need any help filling out your ballot:
Request an appointment at the Embassy here. Make sure to make the appointment for “notarial or other” service.
Whether or not you have voted from overseas in a U.S. election, you must complete a new Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) EVERY year.
Don’t let your distance from the purple skies and amber waves of grain be the reason that you don’t participate in the democratic process!