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Absentee Voting Week is Around the Corner!

Here are 5 easy tips during Absentee Voting Week:

1. Send ballots by the recommended vote-by date.

  • October 1 for for active duty service members on a ship at sea.
  • October 24 for overseas active duty service members or U.S. citizens.
  • October 31 for active duty service members stationed stateside.
  • But no need to wait — Americans can vote, sign, and send their ballot as soon as it arrives.

2. Ballots can travel by mail, email, or fax. Voters can select their state on FVAP.gov to see their specific submission guidelines. Once you complete your absentee ballot you may seal it and bring it to the U.S. Embassy to be sent off.

3. Voters can check the status of their ballot. Some states have online ballot status tools. Voters can select their state and then click “Check the status of your voted ballot.” If an online tool is not available, they can contact their election official directly.

4. There’s a backup ballot. If voters haven’t received their ballot by early October, they can use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup. Voters can use the FWAB Online Assistant, which will autofill candidates based on their voting state.

5. They may still have time to request an absentee ballot. Voters can select their state on FVAP.gov to see if they still have time to request an absentee ballot with the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Let them know they can select to have the ballot sent electronically.

U.S. Citizen Services will be accepted by appointment only.

We do not allow electronic equipment in our waiting room. Bringing electronics (cell phone, laptop, tablets) will substantially delay your entry. Please leave these devices at home or in your car.

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