Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!
Start by confirming your voter registration directly with your state: Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register. Go to FVAP.gov (Federal Voting Assistance Program) to connect to your state’s online election portal to confirm your voter registration.
Request Your Ballot: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state online election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory. FVAP’s easy online assistant can assist you with completing the FPCA.
Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way for you to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Dushanbe’s diplomatic pouch. The diplomatic pouch provides mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. mail sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.
If using the diplomatic pouch, ballots can be dropped off at the Embassy by making an appointment with the U.S. Citizens Services Unit at VoteDushanbe@state.gov. Please do not come to the U.S. Embassy without an appointment. Please note that all visitors to the Embassy and submitted mail are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility. Please note that it can take up to four to eight weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch. All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.
PLEASE NOTE: In order for the U.S. Embassy to forward voting material to your election officials, you must enclose it in a pre-paid envelope that has been addressed to the appropriate office in the United States. The U.S. Postal Service will not accept envelopes that are not sealed, missing postage, or not addressed correctly. Envelope templates are available for printing on FVAP.gov that can be printed directly on to an envelope.
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Embassy Dushanbe’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteDushanbe@state.gov.