Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP

Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) works to ensure Americans can vote — wherever they are. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense agency that 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.
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As a Service member or military family stationed away from home or an American citizen living abroad, you can vote absentee. Here's how: 1. Register to vote and request your ballot in one easy step. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office. Select your state in the map to find your deadline to register to vote and request a ballot for the next election. Using the FPCA ensures that your state will send your ballot to you at least 45 days before the election — a protection not guaranteed when using other forms. It’s a good idea to send in a new FPCA every January and each time you move. 2. Fill out and send in your ballot when it arrives. For the general election, you should receive your ballot by early October. Vote and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Select your state in the map to find the deadline for your ballot. If you requested your ballot but haven’t received it, contact your election office to ask about the status of your ballot request. If there isn’t enough time to receive and send back your 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. You can also pick up a hard-copy version of the FWAB from your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office. Select your state in the map to get started. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-438-8683 or email us at [email protected]. Subscribe to our voter alerts at FVAP.gov and find us on Twitter.

Mission: 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.

Operating as usual

When transmitting electronically, make sure your ballot and voting materials are clear and legible. And don't forget to ...
10/30/2020

When transmitting electronically, make sure your ballot and voting materials are clear and legible. And don't forget to sign your ballot!

Service Members: You may still have time to vote in upcoming elections — and FVAP and your VAO are the official DoD sour...
10/29/2020
Military and family members: It’s not too late to vote by absentee ballot!

Service Members: You may still have time to vote in upcoming elections — and FVAP and your VAO are the official DoD source for military voting assistance. See your options at FVAP.gov by selecting your state from the dropdown menu, or get in touch with you VAO.

There's plenty of help to get you started in making your vote count.

Shoutout to our U.S. Army VAOs assisting our newest soldiers with the absentee voting process!If you're a military membe...
10/29/2020
Army Times

Shoutout to our U.S. Army VAOs assisting our newest soldiers with the absentee voting process!

If you're a military member in need of last minute voting assistance, contact your local IVAO today: https://www.fvap.gov/info/contact/iva-offices

The only information the VAOs can’t provide is about specific candidates.

10/29/2020
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

If you requested but didn't receive your absentee ballot yet, you can still vote!

Get a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) at FVAP.gov/FWAB. Fill it out and send it as you would your official ballot before your state's deadline.

10/28/2020
U.S. Embassy to Italy - Ambasciata Americana a Roma

U.S. Embassy to Italy - Ambasciata Americana a Roma

🇺🇸 U.S. citizens in Italy, if you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, watch Ambassador Eisenberg’s video message ⬇️

👩🏻‍💻 The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering virtual voting assistance via Zoom over the next two weeks to provide direct support to U.S. citizens overseas. Find out more 👉🏻 https://it.usembassy.gov/messages-u-s-embassy-rome-italy-october-16-2020/

U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam
10/28/2020

U.S. Consulate General, Amsterdam

It’s the final countdown! Be sure to check the final deadlines for mailing your ballot with an express carrier.

States have different postmark and "received by" deadlines, but the sooner you send your ballot, the better!You have opt...
10/28/2020

States have different postmark and "received by" deadlines, but the sooner you send your ballot, the better!

You have options — many states accept the ballot by mail, email or fax. If your state requires it by mail and you're facing delays, see if you can drop off your ballot to be sent by your embassy or consulate, Military Post Office, or use a private mail courier.

For active duty military members or family, Voting Assistance Officers (VAOs) provide guidance and regular updates on th...
10/27/2020
Absentee ballots, FVAP.gov help drive military vote

For active duty military members or family, Voting Assistance Officers (VAOs) provide guidance and regular updates on the latest voting information.

Here's how a VAO at Camp Lejeune is using email and social media to help fellow troops cast their ballot:

Improvements to the military absentee voting process has helped reduce errors in ballot distribution and the prevalence of late ballots.

If you've already submitted your ballot, check its status to make sure it was received!Contact your election office or g...
10/27/2020

If you've already submitted your ballot, check its status to make sure it was received!

Contact your election office or go to FVAP.gov, select your state and click "Check the status of your voted ballot" to confirm.

It's not too late to email, fax or mail your ballot to your election office.And once you do, you can share the "I Voted ...
10/23/2020

It's not too late to email, fax or mail your ballot to your election office.
And once you do, you can share the "I Voted From" sticker to show you're a proud overseas voter! Get yours here: FVAP.gov/IVotedSticker

10/23/2020
Last minute voting tips!

ICYMI: This week, we chatted with Catherine from ACS at Embajada Estados Unidos en México about last minute voting tips!
If you’re mailing an absentee ballot from overseas, contact your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to see if you can mail it back via diplomatic pouch. Otherwise, use a private mail courier.
https://www.FVAP.gov/guide/appendix/embassy-consulate

Did you know you can check the status of your ballot by visiting FVAP.gov and selecting "Check the status of your voted ...
10/22/2020

Did you know you can check the status of your ballot by visiting FVAP.gov and selecting "Check the status of your voted ballot" under your state? You can also contact your election office for more information: FVAP.gov/search-offices

10/20/2020
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Election Day is less than 2 weeks away! If you haven't received your official ballot yet, use the backup ballot. And if you get your official ballot later, you can still fill it out and send it back — only one ballot will be counted.

Fill out the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) pre-populated with your federal candidates at FVAP.gov/FWAB.

You can get your very own digital "I Voted from France" sticker — or anywhere in the world — at FVAP.gov/IVotedSticker.
10/20/2020

You can get your very own digital "I Voted from France" sticker — or anywhere in the world — at FVAP.gov/IVotedSticker.

#Vote2020 Congrats and thanks to all the
U.S. citizens in France who already voted!
https://fr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/voting/

#USCits overseas who plan to use the military post office should plan ahead and check facility hours and security and id...
10/20/2020
Military.com

#USCits overseas who plan to use the military post office should plan ahead and check facility hours and security and identification guidelines.

"If you bring us your voted ballot in the official envelope, we will mail it on."

Military members, eligible family members and overseas U.S. citizens: Tomorrow we will be exactly 2 weeks away from 2020...
10/19/2020

Military members, eligible family members and overseas U.S. citizens: Tomorrow we will be exactly 2 weeks away from 2020 elections! We will be going LIVE with U.S. Embassy Mexico City and U.S. Consulate Calgary to answer any of your last minute absentee voting questions. Head over to @fvapgov on Instagram — we look forward to chatting with you all! 🇺🇸🗳✔️

Once you've clearly and legibly filled out and signed your absentee ballot — send it in!If you're mailing your ballot fr...
10/15/2020

Once you've clearly and legibly filled out and signed your absentee ballot — send it in!

If you're mailing your ballot from overseas, you have resources like the diplomatic pouch at your U.S. embassy or consulate and postage-paid envelopes: FVAP.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms.

10/14/2020
Army Voting

“Don’t delay. Get registered and request your ballot today.”

U.S. Army Service Voting Action Officer, Rachel Gilman, focuses on Army readiness in this video about absentee voting.
Only 20 days left until #Election2020!
Learn more ➡️ FVAP.gov/military-voter

Virginia Voters: Virginia extends voter registration deadline to tomorrow, Oct. 15thRegister and request your ballot by ...
10/14/2020
Americans can vote. Wherever they are.

Virginia Voters: Virginia extends voter registration deadline to tomorrow, Oct. 15th
Register and request your ballot by using the FPCA:
➡️ www.fvap.gov/FPCA
*By mail postmarked on or before Thursday, October 15th
*Online at elections.virginia.gov/voterinfo through 11:59pm on Thursday, October 15th
https://www.elections.virginia.gov/new-releases/virginia-voter-registration-deadline-extended-by-federal-court.html

Ensuring Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens can vote -- from anywhere in the world.

10/14/2020
20 Days Until the General Election

We're just 20 days from the General Election! If you're still waiting on your absentee ballot, contact your election office to check the status of your request: FVAP.gov/search-offices

10/13/2020
Military OneSource

Thank you Military OneSource for hosting FVAP Tokyo and U.S. Navy Service member to discuss ballot return options from overseas. The General Election is only 3 weeks away!
If you still haven't received your requested ballot, get started on the backup ballot at www.fvap.gov/FWAB

Tune in now to hear from a military couple stationed in Yokosuka, Japan talking about how service members and families can cast their ballots in this year’s election no matter where they are in the world.

10/13/2020
Military OneSource

Military Spouse: It’s time for you and your military family to vote absentee! If you have any questions about voting, or how you can support other families, join Military OneSource TODAY at 9 a.m. EST to get some helpful tips from a real military family.

www.MilitaryOneSource.mil Your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support. Your one source for your best MilLife.

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
10/13/2020

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

Happy Birthday, U.S. Navy! At 245 years old, #AmericasNavy remains ever-ready to deter and defend. #245NavyBirthday #NavalPresence #ForgedByTheSea

10/13/2020
FVAP Tokyo

October 13th is the recommended mailing deadline for UOCAVA voters to return their ballots from overseas. FVAP Tokyo shared a few reminders about using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot as a backup if your requested ballot hasn't arrived yet.
Get started on the FWAB here: www.fvap.gov/FWAB

It is October 13th, the recommended mailing date to mail your ballot from an overseas location. Let's talk about what you should do if you have not received your state ballot yet.

U.S. citizens living abroad can still vote in the November election, but deadlines are fast approaching, especially for ...
10/12/2020
U.S. Citizens Abroad, Learn How to Become an Absentee Voter

U.S. citizens living abroad can still vote in the November election, but deadlines are fast approaching, especially for U.S. expats mailing ballots far from home.

Here's how a U.S. Embassy in Indonesia is providing step-by-step instructions for voters to ensure their mailed ballot arrives to the U.S. in time.

Several U.S. embassy official websites have a message for U.S. citizens abroad: “Don’t the elections pass you by” The U.S. election is set for 3rd Novemb

10/12/2020
Military OneSource

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. EST, Military OneSource will be hosting a real military family to talk through easy ways to vote absentee and support other families like yours. Don’t miss out!

www.MilitaryOneSource.mil Your 24/7 connection to information, answers and support. Your one source for your best MilLife.

You may still have time to request your absentee ballot — but it depends on your state's deadlines. Get started ASAP wit...
10/12/2020

You may still have time to request your absentee ballot — but it depends on your state's deadlines. Get started ASAP with the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) now at FVAP.gov/FPCA!

10/09/2020
U.S. Embassy Madagascar

U.S. citizens are voting from every corner of the globe! Request your ballot now at FVAP.gov, and if you've already received your ballot — send it back ASAP!

#ProudOverseasVoter Where are you voting from? Submit your absentee ballots now to ensure your vote is counted in the General Election. #vote2020 Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP

Did You Know: Military Members who are married have higher overall participation and absentee voting rates? Join Militar...
10/09/2020

Did You Know: Military Members who are married have higher overall participation and absentee voting rates? Join Military OneSource and the Vranas family on Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. EST to learn more about how military spouses can support their family with voting absentee in U.S. elections.

10/09/2020
25 Days Until the General Election

Haven't received your official ballot yet? Don't worry, just fill out and send in the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot. Only at FVAP.gov/FWAB.

10/08/2020

If you're a Marine planning to vote absentee, watch this video and get everything you need to vote from wherever you are!

Thanks to U.S. Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, Military OneSource, and Embajada de los Estados Unidos Colombia.

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Americans can vote — wherever they are

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense agency that 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. As a Service member or military family stationed away from home or an American citizen living abroad, you can vote absentee.

Here's how:

1. Register to vote and request your ballot in one easy step.

Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office.


Comments

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