February 11, 2024

Vote in the 2024 Elections from Denmark

This is a Presidential election year — the presidency, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 34 of the 100 Senate seats, and 13 gubernatorial seats are up for grabs in November. U.S. citizens have the right to vote in primary and general elections, no matter where in the world they live! If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national, and will be 18 by November 5, 2024, you have the right to vote from abroad in US elections — including in November 2024!

As a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote from abroad while living, working, or traveling overseas by submitting one form — the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S., how long you’ve lived outside the U.S., or if you've never resided in the U.S. at all. You have the right to vote!

The U.S. State Department recommends, “all U.S. citizens living abroad complete and submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) annually, to ensure you remain on your state’s voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information.” Vote From Abroad provides all the information, forms, and support help in one place to make voting easy!


📌 Please note that there is NO IN-PERSON VOTING in Denmark for the any U.S. election!
You must get an absentee ballot from your voting state! 📌



  • Request your overseas ballot now! www.votefromabroad.org
  • Ask on the request form (FPCA) that your ballot be sent to you by email
  • Submit your request form by email, if your state allows
  • Return your voted ballot electronically (email attachment, upload or fax), if your state allows
  • If your state requires you to mail back your ballot:
    • Request your ballot NOW, so you’ll receive it on Sept 21 when jurisdictions start sending overseas ballots out (45 days before the election)
    • Download and vote your ballot as soon as you receive it
    • You can use the diplomatic pouch at the Embassy (by Oct 2nd) or a courier service to send it back, or get it into regular Danish post in good time
  • Track your request form and your ballot
  • Questions? [email protected]


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What's covered on this page: 

1. Registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot

2. Confirming your request has been accepted

3. Receiving your ballot

4. Oct 1 and the ballot hasn’t arrived?

5. Voting your ballot

6. Returning your voted ballot

7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes

8. Confirming your ballot's arrival

9. What to do if you encounter difficulties

10. Getting your "I Voted from Denmark" Stickers

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1. Registering to vote and requesting your absentee ballot for the 2024 elections

The first step is to request your ballot, and if need be, register to vote from abroad. You should do this every election year to ensure you remain on your voting state’s overseas voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information. It’s important to register as an absentee voter from abroad because the ballots of U.S. citizens voting from abroad have special protections and are different from the standard absentee ballot.

Go to votefromabroad.org to fill out your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) absentee ballot request — it takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Choose the option to receive ballots by email.

The second step is to submit the FPCA absentee ballot request form to your local election office in the United States. Most states allow you to submit your FPCA directly from votefromabroad.org without the need to print it out. But some states require that you submit your completed form by email attachment, fax, or postal mail. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

If you have any questions while filling out your request form, go to the Vote from Abroad FAQ section or type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner of each screen). Or you can email us at [email protected].


Watch a video on how to use www.votefromabroad.org.


2. Confirming your request has been accepted  ✅

After submitting your FPCA absentee ballot request form, call or email your Local Election Official (LEO) to confirm they have received it and will be sending your ballot. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you fill out your FPCA form at Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here.

Most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status. To find your state's website, click here, enter your state, and scroll down to “Where Is My Ballot?"


3. Receiving your ballot 📬

Your overseas absentee ballot is not your standard absentee ballot back home! Thanks to the MOVE Act, all states must send FPCA-requested absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election — this year that’s September 21, 2024.

And, if requested, all states must send overseas voters their absentee ballots by email or other electronic means.

You don't need to wait for ballots to arrive on September 21. If you're worried your ballot won't arrive on time, send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.


4. Your ballot hasn’t arrived? 📭

Check your spam or promotions folder. Still no ballot? Contact your local election official here and confirm they’ve sent your ballot to you. Go to votefromabroad.org if you need to send in a new FPCA absentee ballot request form.

If you haven’t received your ballot by October 1 and your state requires postal mail return, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.


5. Voting your ballot 🗳️

It’s easy to get informed about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates and important to vote your ballot completely. State and local races are critical in 2024!

The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not list a party affiliation, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine who to vote for in those cases, you can do the following:

  • Do an internet search for your county's local Democratic Party
  • Go to the League of Women Voters personalized ballot service
  • Go to Ballotpedia - Choose your state
  • Search for the candidate's name to find their campaign website


6. There are lots of ways to return your voted ballot! 

📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

Ballot return methods – by email, online, postal mail, fax – vary by state. Always return your ballot as quickly as possible, but especially if your state only allows postal mail return. Find your state's exact ballot return methods here.

If your state allows email, online upload or fax for voted ballot return, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay! Here is more information on fax submission.

If your state requires postal mail return, see info below on options from Denmark.

New Jersey Voters: Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but requires that the ballot ALSO be sent by postal mail.

New York Voters: Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.

Need help scanning your ballot?

Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.

If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android

International Postal Service:  

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, one option is to use PostNord. Please remember that mail service can be slow and to send your voted ballot as soon as possible!

You should – and some states require you to – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Always follow the instructions that came with your ballot carefully!

The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch: The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen sends ballots once a week in the diplomatic post. It can take 2-4 weeks for your ballot to arrive at the local election office, so drop it off in good time. You will need to place your ballot in a U.S. postage-paid election return envelope (usually provided with your ballot) or in an envelope bearing sufficient U.S. postage. You can also download a free U.S. postage-paid return envelope template at FVAP.gov. Address the envelope to your local election official.

Please be aware that using the diplomatic pouch does not mean your ballot will arrive faster. It can take up to four weeks for the mail to reach its final destination. Use a Back-up Ballot to make the diplomatic pouch deadline if your regular ballot hasn’t arrived. Find out more here.

The U.S. Embassy in Denmark is located at:

U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24
2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Nearest train stop: Østerport (S-train and Metro)

Ballots can be dropped off at the Embassy’s Consular Section on any business day between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm (except U.S. and Danish holidays). Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.

You can also mail your sealed ballot envelope (inside an outer envelope) to the Embassy to be placed into the diplomatic pouch. Remember to use proper Danish, Greenlandic, or Faroese postage. Mail to: U.S. Embassy Copenhagen, ATTN: Voting Assistance Officer at the address above.

More information is available on the website.

 Courier Service:

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the quickest option is to use a courier service, like DHL, Federal Express, etc.

DA Denmark is working to arrange a discount for ballots to be returned to the U.S. We'll share the specific details here as soon as they've been set. Stay tuned!

Even with expedited courier services though, ballots still take several days to get to the United States. Please send your voted ballot as soon as possible! Do not wait! You should – and some states require you to – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Follow the instructions that came with your ballot. We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You will not receive a postmark if you book or pay online.

Courier services cannot send to a P.O. Box! Be sure to confirm the street address with your local election official if a P.O. Box is the return address on your ballot.

📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌


7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes 👀

When filling out and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot!

Regardless of how you send in your ballot, remember that you – the voter – must be the one who places it “in the mail.” In some states, it is unlawful for any other person to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed. Need help? Contact us at: [email protected].


8. Confirming your ballot's arrival at your local election office in the United States ✓✓

Once you've sent your ballot, follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted. Please do not just assume that your ballot has made it!

The easiest way to ensure your ballot has arrived is to go to "Track Your Ballot" on your state’s website. You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and contact them directly. They may be experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may need to be persistent to get through to someone.


9. Having trouble? Need help? 😕

We understand that the voting process to some states can be confusing — that's why we're here to help! Send us an email at [email protected] or [email protected].

Or, a one-on-one live voter helper is just a Zoom away! Click into ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced Vote From Abroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world.


10. Get your "I Voted from Denmark" sticker

Thank you for voting!  If you would like to print an “I Voted from Denmark” sticker go here.