Voter registration and absentee ballot information is available directly from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at http://www.fvap.gov/.
Voter registration and absentee ballot information is available directly from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at http://www.fvap.gov/.Eligibility for State and Federal elections via absentee ballot depends upon the laws and regulations of your last state of legal residence in the United States. The absentee voting process is designed to permit citizens who will be away from their local polling places on Election Day to vote by mail. Absentee voters should request their ballots at least 60 days before the election. The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is a “U.S. postage paid” postcard printed and distributed by the federal government for use by absentee voters. The FPCA serves as a simultaneous registration form and application for an absentee ballot. However, the extent and manner of its use are controlled by state law and sometimes by local procedure.
You can vote by absentee ballot, even if you were never registered to vote, from your last “state of legal residence.” For voting purposes this is the state where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the United States. If you never resided in the United States, you may register and vote in the last state that your parents, or grandparents, resided in before your birth. Twelve states have specific rules that permit foreign-born American citizens who have never resided in the U.S. to use their parents’ state of voting residence: Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. For other states, please send your Federal Postcard Application to the appropriate local board of elections since the state determines your eligibility.
You may register to vote by absentee ballot using the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s online service at http://www.fvap.gov/. Please follow the specific instructions for state-by-state acceptance of online registrations.
You may also request the FPCA or obtain additional information by contacting the U.S. Consular Section in Tripoli and asking for the American Citizen Services.
At American Citizen Services, we take voting assistance very seriously. If you or anyone you know is having an event to register voters or encourage voting, please let us know. We will help in any way we can. You may also obtain guidance directly from the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website.