Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Absentee Voting

1. Do I have to register to vote?

Most states and territories require you to register to vote. Fill out a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register and request an absentee ballot at the same time.
Unsure of whether you are registered?  Go to Vote.org to check.

2. When should I request an absentee ballot?

We recommend that you go to the FPCA website, FVAP.gov, and follow the steps to request your ballot as soon as possible.

3. When will I get my ballot?

Election offices are required to send absentee ballots at least 45 days before a federal election. If you requested your ballot by email, then the ballot should arrive right away. Mailed ballots will take longer to arrive depending on the postal system in the country where you are located.

4. Do I have to pay for postage?

You must pay for postage only if you are using a foreign postal service or a commercial courier service. If you are using U.S. mail including APO/FPO and diplomatic pouches, then you can print the postage-paid template from FVAP.gov onto any available blank envelope.

Please note that some states require you to place ballots and FWABs inside an anonymous security/secret envelope. When sending your voting materials, make sure you have two envelopes; one for the ballot or FWAB and one for actual mailing. Place the security envelope along with the other balloting materials inside the mailing envelope. Once this is complete, you can address and send your voting materials to your election office.

5. Can I vote at U.S. Embassy Singapore?

No. Elections are run at the state level. You must communicate directly with your state to register, request a ballot, and vote. We will help you to fill out the FPCA and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), but U.S. Embassy Singapore is not a polling place.

If you have already filled up your absentee ballot, you may drop it off with U.S. Embassy Singapore’s American Citizen Services.

Each state has different deadlines and requirements, however, we recommend dropping off your absentee ballot to the U.S. Embassy Singapore on or before October 2, 2020. We will accept ballots until election day, but note that deadlines vary by state.

No appointment is required if you are just dropping off your ballot. Please bring your U.S. passport to verify identity and do not bring any large mobile devices such as laptops.

6. Can I vote in the upcoming Georgia runoff election scheduled for January 5, 2021?

As an overseas American voter, you must be a registered voter in the State of Georgia and request an absentee ballot in order to vote in the Georgia runoff election. The voter registration deadline for this specific election is December 7, 2020. You may fill out a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register and request an absentee ballot at fvap.gov or get more information from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office: https://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections

More questions? Check out: https://www.fvap.gov/guide/appendix/faq