Voting

Your Vote Counts!   

As a U.S. Citizen living in Sweden, you are still able to exercise your right to vote by mail. Note that the U.S. Embassy is not a polling place; it is not possible to show up at the Embassy on Election Day to vote in person, you must register and request your ballot in advance!

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

  1. Request Your Ballot:  
    • Complete a new  Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).   You  must  complete a new FPCA  after  January 1 every year or any time you move to be sure that you are receiving ballots for the elections you are eligible to vote in.   The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all  elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives)  including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.  The  FPCA  is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. You can complete the FPCA  online  at  www.FVAP.gov.  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  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 below for mailing options.
  2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot:
    • If you requested your ballot to be delivered to you electronically, states are required to send your ballot out 45 days before a regular election, and at least 30 days before a primary election.  For most states, you can confirm your  registration and ballot delivery online.
  3. Return Your Completed Ballot:  
    • Each state has different rules on how election materials can be returned.  Please see the Voting Assistance Guide for the return requirements for your location.
    • If your state allows you to return your completed ballot by email or fax, that is the fastest and most secure way to return it.
    • If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, the easiest method is to send it via the Swedish post, FedEx or DHL.  It is also possible to drop off voting materials at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm to be returned via diplomatic mail, however please note that it can take four weeks or more for voting materials to reach their destination if sent via this method. If you are returning your ballot shortly before the return deadline, it may not make it in time if you send it through the Embassy. If you decide to return your ballot via the U.S. Embassy, you will need to drop it off between 10:00am and 3:00pm during regular working hours.  Please be sure to affix sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.  Once we receive it, we’ll mail your ballot to the United States. Note that there is no way to track the return of your ballot via this method.

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 Stockholm’s Voting Assistance Officer at  VoteStockholm@state.gov