The November 6, 2018 mid-term U.S. election is fast approaching! We encourage U.S. citizens who have registered as absentee voters to return their ballots ASAP.
How to return your ballot:
- Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically (fax, email, or online).
- If your state requires you to mail in a paper ballot, you can drop it off at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi (any entrance) to be mailed to the United States via Diplomatic Post.
- IMPORTANT: Make sure your ballot is sealed in an envelope addressed to the correct local election official with sufficient domestic U.S. postage OR print a postage-free envelope from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website.
- DPO transit time is approximately 2-3 weeks.
- You can also mail your ballot via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.
I requested a ballot but have not received it yet:
- If you requested an absentee ballot but have not received it yet or cannot access your state website to download your ballot, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which all states accept as an official backup ballot for federal offices. After filling out the backup ballot, you must print, sign, and send it to your election office.
- If you receive your state ballot after submitting the FWAB, you may vote and return the state ballot as well. The state will only count one ballot if both are received by the deadline.
What if I cannot access voting materials online?
Some overseas voters have been unable to access their state’s online voter registration and election systems due to states blocking web traffic from foreign countries in an effort to increase the cybersecurity of their online systems. If you encounter this problem, use FVAP.gov to find contact information to notify your local election official. You can also email email@example.com.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program website FVAP.gov provides all the information you need to vote absentee. You can complete the online Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which is standardized for use across all States. The FPCA acts as both a registration and absentee ballot request form. You can also go directly to your state’s website for information. If you have additional questions about overseas voting, please contact Embassy Tbilisi’s Voting Assistance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, your vote counts!
Be absent but accounted for!