Your Vote Counts! Register to Vote From Overseas in the 2018 Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections:

  1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).   The FPCAis accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA 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 step #3 for mailing options.
  2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot
  3. Return Your Completed Ballot:  You can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials from 2-3 pm Monday through Thursday at the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.  Remember to place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.
  4. 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.

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 votesantodomingo@state.gov

Remember, your vote counts!

Be absent but accounted for!