Voting

VOTING IN U.S. ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot if it is valid and reaches local election officials by the receipt deadline.

The following states have primary elections for federal offices before June 1:

  • March 1: Texas*

 

  • May 3:
    • Ohio
    • Indiana

 

  • May 10:
    • West Virginia
    • Nebraska

 

  • May 17:
    • North Carolina**
    • Idaho
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Kentucky

 

  • May 24:
    • Arkansas
    • Georgia
    • Texas (Runoff)
    • Alabama

 

*Date subject to change

** New date

The State of Texas will conduct a primary election for U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.  Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens can register to vote between January 1 and February 9, 2022.  Voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote, request a ballot, and update any contact information by using the completion tool available at fvap.gov/FPCA or by using the fillable PDF version.

Texas voters who are already registered and want to receive a ballot must send in the FPCA as a ballot request between January 1 and February 18, 2022.  After completing the FPCA, voters must sign and send it to their county early voting clerk in Texas, by mail, email, or fax.  If submitting the FPCA by fax, the faxed FPCA must be followed with a hardcopy mailed FPCA that must be received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after the fax.  Emailed FPCAs do not require a follow-up mailed hardcopy FPCA but must include the “Transmission Cover Sheet.”

Texas voters must return their voted absentee ballot by mail or fax (fax only if you are located in a hostile fire area).  For Uniformed Service members or eligible family members, the ballot must be mailed by March 1, 2022.  For overseas citizens the ballot must be postmarked by March 1, 2022.  Detailed instructions and county contact information are available at fvap.gov/texas.

For All Elections:

Voters from all states can verify the status of their voting materials by contacting their election office directly.

COVID-19 ELECTION UPDATE – FVAP is working closely with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information on possible mailing delays.  Please visit FVAP.gov/COVID-19 for the latest information on any international postal disruptions or contact your installation military post office.

Register and request your ballot by your state’s deadline.  You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant at www.fvap.gov/FPCA to walk you through each section of the form.  After you finish filling out the FPCA, print it, sign it, and send it to your election office.  Most states accept the FPCA by email or fax while some require it by mail.  Check your state-specific guidelines at FVAP.gov.

Once you receive your requested absentee ballot, vote and return it as soon as you get it. Remember to carefully follow the instructions, especially if a “security envelope” is required, and sign the package as indicated when returning it.

To save time, send voted ballots electronically if allowed by state law. Voters can check if their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email, fax, or via an online portal at FVAP.gov/guide.

If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) immediately at www.fvap.gov/FWAB.  It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot, too. Only one will be counted.

Make sure the voted ballot is received by your state.  Go to FVAP.gov/Guide, click on your state and then the “check the status of your voted ballot” button.

To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit our contact page.  You can also reach out directly to your election office for status updates on your registration and absentee ballot.

Additional Information for non-UOCAVA voters: Uniformed service members, their families, and Department of Defense civilians who are currently stationed in the same location as their voting address may visit vote.gov to register to vote and request information from their local election office to vote locally.

If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to FVAP.gov, call 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584), or email (vote@fvap.gov).

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Dili’s Voting Assistance Officer at consdili@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!

Be absent but accounted for!