Important Upcoming U.S. Midterm Elections Reminder!

Important Upcoming U.S. Midterm Elections Reminder!

As a U.S. citizen residing overseas, you are still eligible to vote. If you plan to vote in the upcoming midterm elections, it is important to ACT NOW!  Remember the U.S. Embassy is not a polling place; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  Keep that date in mind as you review your state’s voting processes and your method of ballot return.Not sure if you are eligible to vote? Most of your voting questions, including eligibility questions, can be answered on the FVAP website’s FAQ page which can be found here: https://www.fvap.gov/guide/appendix/faqIf you still have questions about registering to vote, you can email vote@fvap.gov for assistance. They are very responsive!

The easiest way to ensure that you will receive your ballot is to complete the Federal Post Card Application on the fvap.gov website. This form will register you to vote as well as request your ballot. Even if you voted in the last General Election, we recommend that you complete another Federal Post Card Application or contact your local election official to confirm that they will be sending you a ballot. Some states require that you do this every year. Contact information for local election officials can be found on this link: https://www.fvap.gov/search-officesWhen will I get my ballot? If you request that your ballot be delivered to you electronically, you will receive it 45 days before the election. If you don’t receive it, contact your local election official to find out the status.

What do I do once I receive my ballot? You can click on the following link to see a state-by-state breakdown of how to return your ballot. https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Images/FWABTransmissionMethods.pdf

If your state allows you to return your ballot via email or fax, those are the easiest and fastest ways to return it. If your state requires that your ballot be returned by mail, the fastest way to return it is via the Swedish post. Be sure to affix sufficient Swedish postage to your ballot envelope if you choose to return it via this method.

You may also bring your ballot to the U.S. Embassy to be returned via diplomatic pouch mail. If returning a ballot to the U.S. Embassy, please be sure to place your voting materials in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage and address it to the relevant local election officials.  You may drop off your sealed ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Monday-Friday (except holidays) between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Note that ballots sent via the U.S. Embassy can take several weeks to reach the United States and there is no way to trace the ballot. You are welcome to contact your local election official to confirm that it has arrived.

We urge you to register, or confirm your registration now, to ensure that you have enough time to receive and return your ballots!

Specific voting-related questions can be sent to: Vote@FVAP.gov

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