The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world. Visit FVAP.gov for information!
Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. Elections are managed individually by the 50 States, four territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. This equates to 55 sets of rules for absentee voting, but the basic steps are simple:
- Citizens register to vote and request an absentee ballot by filling out the Federal Post Card Application. (FPCA), and sending it to their election office in their State of legal residence.
- The election office approves the FPCA, disapproves the FPCA, or requests additional clarifying information.
- Once the FPCA is approved, the election office sends an absentee ballot to the citizen.
- The citizen completes and returns their voted ballot to their election office by their State’s deadline.