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:

  • California Gubernatorial Recall Election on September 14, 2021

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 (

Additional resources for California voters:

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!