August 11 and August 14 Primaries

Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin

Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

Saturday, August 11 – Hawaii 
Tuesday, August 14 – Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin State Primaries

 

What is on the Primary Ballot

Connecticut — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Chris Murphy) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor (currently Democrat Dan Malloy is not seeking a third term), Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House. Connecticut has a Democratic state government trifecta since 2011 rated vulnerable.

Hawaii — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Mazie Hirono) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor (incumbent Democrat David Ige), State Senate and State House. Hawaii uses an open primary system. Hawaii has a Democratic state government trifecta since 2010.

Minnesota — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar), U.S. House and Special Primary Election for Minnesota's other Senate seat. Statewide office candidates for Governor (incumbent Democrat Mark Dayton), Attorney General, State Secretary of State, State Senate, State House and State Supreme Court. Minnesota uses an open primary system.

Vermont — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Independent Bernie Sanders) and for the state's At-Large Congressional District. Statewide office candidates for Governor (currently Republican Phillip Scott), Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House. Vermont uses an open primary system.

Wisconsin — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor (incumbent Republican Scott Walker), Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Secretary of State, State Senate, State Assembly and State Supreme Court. Wisconsin uses an open primary system.

 

* Overseas voters from Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in state and local elections.

Open primary – an election in which registered voters need not be members of a party to vote for the party's nominee.

 

Questions about the primary?

Take a look at our Primary Elections FAQ.

Find dates of other 2018 Primary Elections.

 

Request your Absentee Ballot to vote in the Primary Election

Overseas voters need to submit the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) to request a ballot after January 1, 2018 to be guaranteed to receive ballots this year. Submit the FPCA now to vote in your state's primary, but also to be sure you are on the rolls to get an absentee ballot for every election in 2018, including the general election in November.

First-time voters may simultaneously register to vote and request a ballot using the FPCA if the form is submitted according to the voter registration deadline. All other voters must submit the FPCA by the ballot request deadline.

To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive on the FPCA.

  1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org to complete the Ballot Request form (FPCA).
  2. Print and Sign the form.
  3. Send the signed FPCA to your election official. You may EMAIL, FAX or MAIL your FPCA (except where indicated)
  4. When you receive your ballot, vote right away and send it back to your election official by the deadline.
FPCA submission and Ballot Return deadlines
Connecticut
  Voter Registration received by Thursday, August 9  
Voter registration submitted by email/fax, must also be sent by mail
Ballot Request received by Monday, August 13  
Ballot request submitted by email/fax, must also be sent by mail
Return Ballot received by Tuesday, August 14, 8pm EDT (MUST MAIL) 
⚠️ MAIL early enough to account for mail transit time.
Hawaii
  Voter Registration (BY EMAIL, FAX) received by or (BY MAIL) postmarked by Thursday, July 12  
*FPCA requires complete Social Security Number.
Ballot Request received by Saturday, August 4, 4:30pm HST  
*FPCA requires complete Social Security Number.
Return Ballot received by Saturday, August 11, 6pm HST   (Email or Mail. Fax only allowed if you requested your ballot by fax within five days before the election.
Minnesota
  Voter Registration received by Tuesday, August 14
Ballot Request received by Tuesday, August 14
Return Ballot received by Tuesday, August 14, 8pm CDT (MUST MAIL)
⚠️ MAIL early enough to account for mail transit time.
Vermont
  Voter Registration received by Tuesday, August 14 (email or mail)
Ballot Request received by Monday, August 13 (email or mail)
Return Ballot received by Monday, August 13 (MUST MAIL)
⚠️ MAIL early enough to account for mail transit time.
Wisconsin
  Voter Registration postmarked by Wednesday, July 25 (MUST MAIL)
Ballot Request received by Thursday, August 9, 5pm CDT
Return Ballot received by Tuesday, August 14, 8pm CDT (MUST MAIL)
*Absentee ballot requires a witness.
⚠️ MAIL early enough to account for mail transit time.

 

Vote with the FWAB

Don’t have your ballot yet? Absentee voting has begun: the Hawaii sent ballots to overseas voters by June 27. The August 14 State Primaries sent ballots starting June 30 to voters with valid requests. You can vote today using the backup ballot called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

  1. Complete the FWAB and send it to your election official.
    • Connecticut, Minnesota and Vermont voters: follow FWAB by Mail Instructions... Mail your ballot early enough to account for delivery times from your location.

  2. If you haven't requested a ballot, or if it was never received
    • Connecticut, Vermont, Wisconsin voters: You still need to send the FPCA form before the request deadline AND before or with the FWAB.
    • Minnesota voters: You can use the FWAB for Voter Registration or Ballot Request as long as the FWAB is received by the Registration/Request deadline.
    • Hawaii voters: FWAB requires complete Social Security Number.
    • Wisconsin voters: FWAB requires a US witness your ballot.

 

Note: Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, it is important that you seek advice on these matters from your tax professional. Even if registering to vote in state and local elections is not sufficient on its own to make you liable for state taxes, other factors such as maintaining a state driver's license or maintaining a mail forwarding address at a relative's home may make you liable for state taxes.