Event: Vote Now and Track Your Ballot
It is essential for overseas civilian and military voters to return their voted absentee ballots as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt at the election office. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) encourages military members, their families, and overseas citizens to take recommended steps to return their ballots by their state’s deadline.
Vote now. Vote your absentee ballot as soon as you get it, and be sure to follow all instructions on your ballot carefully. Send ballots electronically if allowed by state law. To save time, voters can check here to see if their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email or fax or via an online portal.
Navigate potential COVID-19 mail delays. With limited time left to vote overseas, the U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that you return your ballot electronically (by email, fax, or internet) if your state offers these options. If you must send a paper ballot, consider using an express courier service as soon as possible. Make sure your ballot arrives at your election official before Election Day. Remember that some couriers do not ship to P.O. boxes.
Make sure the ballot was received. Voters can select their state and click “Check the status of your voted ballot.”
If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the backup ballot. If there isn’t enough time to receive and send back your requested ballot before the election, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, fill out and send in the official ballot too. Only one will be counted.