Voting

Registered to Vote from Abroad?

State registration deadlines are approaching quickly.

If you have not registered to vote in the U.S. Mid-Term Elections on November 6, 2018, Register TODAY!

Register and Request Your Ballot: To register to vote by absentee ballot, you may use the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s online voting assistant to guide you through the registration process.

  1. Go to FVAP under Voters Start Here and complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) online, or use the fillable form.
  2. Return the FPCA to your U.S. board of elections per the instructions on the website.  FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must  submit a paper copy with original signature.  If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.
  3. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
  4. Return Your Voted Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials during regular business hours at the consular entrance to U.S. Embassy Athens on Kokkali until Friday, October 12.  Place your materials in the postage paid return envelope (available under “Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) and address it to your U.S. board of elections.

New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! – the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents.  Get more information here.

Researching the Candidates and Issues:  Online Resources.  Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.  Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online.  You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact us at VoteAthens@state.gov

Remember, your vote counts!