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.

Submit your absentee ballot now for these special elections for federal office:

The following state has elections in the next 90 days:

August 3, 2021: Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional District 11 & 15

The State of Ohio will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 11th Congressional District, which includes parts of Cuyahoga and Summit counties and the 15th Congressional district, which includes all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties and parts of: Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties. Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens who are registering to vote for the first time can use the automated Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) completion tool available at or use the fillable PDF version. Voters can send their completed and signed FPCA to their local election office by EMAIL, MAIL, or FAX by July 6. Ohio voters already registered can use the FPCA to request their absentee ballot up until 12PM on July 31. Voters who receive their absentee ballot must send it by MAIL by 12:01 AM, August 3, 2021. Detailed instructions and county contact information are available at

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

Voters who do not receive their requested ballot in time to return it by the ballot return deadline, can send the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to their election office as a backup ballot. If the voter’s official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, he or she may complete and submit the official ballot, too. Only one ballot will be counted.

FVAP offers an email-to-fax forwarding service for voters from states that do not allow email return of voted ballots. Voters who do not have access to a fax machine can email their completed ballot to and FVAP will forward the ballot as a fax to the appropriate election office.

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

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

Remember, your vote counts!

Be absent but accounted for!