If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national abroad, and will be 18 years old on November 8 this year, you have the right to vote from abroad in the 2022 midterm elections - and every U.S. election.
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. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).
Below you'll find an overview of the entire process of voting from Peru including how to:
- Register and Request a Ballot
- Confirm and Receive a Ballot
- Vote and Return a Ballot
- Track a Ballot
Questions along the way? Contact [email protected] at any point!
1. Register to vote and request your ballot
Visit VotefromAbroad.org to fill out your absentee ballot request, also known as the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)— it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA serves as a voter registration form as well. Be sure to choose the option to receive your ballot via email!
Every state has different submission rules and deadlines!
Your state’s can be found at Your State Rules and on the VotefromAbroad.org homepage.
If you have any questions while filling out the form, you can refer to FAQs, also on the homepage. If you don’t find your answer listed there, click the online Voter Help Desk’s red circle at the bottom right and type in your question. Or email: [email protected].
2. Confirm your request has been accepted and that you will receive a ballot
You should always verify with your local election official that you will be receiving a ballot. After you submit your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) request form, if they don’t send you a confirmation of receipt right away, call or email your local election official to verify they received it and will be sending a blank ballot to you. You can look up their contact information at Your State Rules.
The contact information is also listed in the instructions generated when you complete the FPCA on VotefromAbroad.org. Alternatively, most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated and are not aimed at abroad voters; You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."
By federal law pertaining to overseas voters, all states must send absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election (MOVE Act). This year: September 24, 2022.
---> Tip: For states requiring mail back ballots, you don't need to wait for ballots to come out on September 24. If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend sending in a Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB) NOW as a backup! This allows you to use a quicker and more economical method of mail, courier, or embassy/consult delivery (see below in section 3). If you then receive your state’s complete official ballot in time to mail or courier it back, you can do so! Your FWAB ballot will be superseded by your state’s ballot - you will not be voting twice!
The 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 in FAQs Here
When it's time for ballots to come and you don't see yours, check your spam folder - ballots can hide in there! If you still don't see it, contact your local election official and confirm they sent your ballot out. Remember, you can look up your local election oficial’s contact info at Your State Rules.
If you don't have your ballot by October 1 and you must mail it back, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. See details above.
3. Vote and Return your ballot
Return your ballot ASAP via the easiest and quickest option available for your state!
Because ballot return methods vary by state, carefully check your state’s guidelines on return via online upload, email, fax, or postal mail at Your State Rules. If your state only allows postal mail return you must return your ballot as quickly as possible! See mail-return options below.
---> Tip: New Jersey Voters - Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but also requires that the ballot be sent by postal mail as well.
---> Tip: New York Voters - Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.
Returning your ballot via online upload or email
Bingo! If your state allows, these are the easiest, fastest options. Use these!
(Note that DA continually works with individual state representatives to promote legislation that would allow these option for all states. )
Returning your ballot via fax
If you don’t have a fax machine or international fax service isn’t easily available, you can use an Email-to-Fax service! The Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP) offers one free. Simply download an FVAP Transmission Cover Sheet; fill it out and EMAIL it along with your completed ballot to [email protected]; they will convert your email to a fax and fax it to your local election office as listed on your Cover Sheet.
Other free Email-to-Fax services are available online; two are:
HelloFax allows you to send up to 5 pages for free.
FAX.PLUS allows you to send up 10 pages for free.
Note: If you wait until too close to November 8th, the FVAP service will get busy and they won’t be able to guarantee your faxed ballot will arrive by your state’s deadline; it would then be best to use an alternate service.
Returning your ballot via mail
If your state requires postal mail ballot return, your options are :
Use your local post office IF you have reliable postal service in your area! and IF you are sending your ballot back early enough to allow time for delivery to your local election office in the states. Be sure to add international postage to your Postage Paid envelope.
Courier service is a more reliable and timely option, but of course more costly. For fees and locations nearest you, contact the main offices listed:
DHL: 50 E Fifth St, Georgetown, Guyana; 592 227 4742
FedEx: 125 Barrack St, Georgetown, Guyana; 592 227 6976
UPS: Mercury Couriers, 210 Camp and New Market St, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown; Tel.: 5922 271 853 / UPS Additional Contact Info
---> Tip: Family members whose ballots are in separate postage-paid envelopes and both addressed to the same local election office may use one courier delivery package.
Important: You must ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope when mailing using any service.
---> Tip: Check your state’s deadline for ballot return and count backwards to ensure timely delivery. The postmark date is important to ensure your ballot is counted!
---> Tip: Even with expedited courier services, ballots still take several days to get to the United States.
Diplomatic pouch delivery from the US Embassy in Georgetown:
You can drop off your FPCA and/or completed absentee ballots at the U.S. Embassy Georgetown at the Duke Street entrance to the American Citizen Services unit. The embassy will send them via diplomatic pouch to the United States Postal Service (USPS) in Virginia for transfer to the USPS system. FPCAs and/or completed ballots must be placed in a sealed postage-paid envelope or in an envelope containing sufficient U.S. in-country postage. The Voting Assistance Officer at U.S. Embassy Georgetown is available to answer any questions at: [email protected]
Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent through the embassy or consulate. All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.
Due to time constraints, DA does not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after Oct. 3rd.
Regardless of how you send your ballot
---> Tip: Know that it is unlawful in some states for a second party to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed. To ensure lawful ballot return, you the voter, should place your voted ballot in the mail, provide to the courier, or hand in for the diplomatic pouch. Alternatively, contact [email protected] to find out if your state is one that disallows second party handling of voted ballots.
4. Track your ballot
Once you've mailed your ballot, follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted. Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, go to Your State Rules and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot." On the same web page, you can also look up your local election office's contact details and contact them directly. If they are experiencing an influx of calls or emails, you may need to remain persistent, but this can be the most direct and reliable way to track your ballot.
---> Tip: Know that voter error is the main cause of ballot rejection!
Having trouble? Need help?
We understand that the voting process from abroad can be confusing — that's why we're here to help. Send an email to [email protected]
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Candidate for Chair
Nominated by DAGY NEC
Dr. Dawn Stewart has been a member of the Democratic party since shortly after receiving her US Citizenship in 1972. She votes in the state of Virginia and has worked through various election cycles mobilizing the Caribbean-American Vote. Dawn has been persistent in organizing the formation of the Democrats Abroad Guyana Country Committee.
Dawn has proudly served as a member of the US Air Force and has enjoyed a rich and diversified career working in federal, local, nonprofit, and educational settings. She serves as CEO for New Dawn consulting LLC and co-manages Lyken Newburg Funeral home.
Dawn has organized several endeavors such as Caribbean Days on Capitol Hill, National Caribbean HIV/AIDS Day, and Soca De Vote; and assisted in the forging of the passage of the National Caribbean Heritage Month.
As a well-respected leader, Dawn participated in legislative forums addressing various issues that led to many initiatives and the establishment of special projects that empower marginalized Caribbean communities both nationally and internationally. Dawn is prepared and well equipped to serve as Chair of Democrats Abroad Guyana.
Candidate for Vice-Chair
Nominated by DAGY NEC
Lawrence London, or Larry as he is familiarly called, has been a registered Democrat since 1992, and has worked in election campaigns since then in Florida. Larry is a retired aviation professional, in both operations and administration. Here in Guyana, Larry was presented with the national Golden Arrow of Achievement (AA) award. The Guyana Defense Force also named its aviation base, Air Station London, in honor of Lt. Col. London.
Larry is passionate and committed to the struggle for “voters’ rights” and equality for every American. Larry is ready and able to act in the position of Vice-Chairman.
Candidate for Secretary
Nominated by DAGY NEC
Mark Anthony Archer is a Guyanese - American writer and life-long member of the Democratic Party. He served as Director of Communications in the office of the President of Guyana, 2015-2020. Mark was awarded the Golden Arrow of Achievement (AA), by the government of Guyana, for his exceptional service in the field of public information. Mark worked on the 2008 Obama Campaign and is passionate about protecting voting rights for minorities, and advocating for social justice and human rights.
With over four decades of political advocacy and community work, Mark is well prepared and ready to contribute his extensive expertise to Democrats Abroad Guyana’s Executive Committee as Secretary.
Fitzroy David Corlette
Candidate for Treasurer
Nominated by DAGY NEC
Fitzroy David Corlette is a Guyanese - American Accountant. He has been a registered Democrat since 1992. He is the holder of an MSc Education and BBA Accounting from Baruch College in New York.
Fitzroy was actively involved in Democratic Party politics in Queens, New York during the 1990’s. An activist and student of politics, Fitzroy worked as the Finance Director for the David Granger 2011 and 2015 Presidential Campaigns in Guyana, and continues to manage the finances for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
From 2015 - 2018 Fitzroy served as a Deputy Commissioner in charge of Law Enforcement at the Guyana Revenue Authority. As an Accountant for several decades, he taught Accounting at the Dekalb Technical College in Georgia for seventeen years.
Fitzroy is qualified and ready to bring his expertise to the position of Treasurer for Democrats Abroad Guyana.
DA Guyana is a fully formed and operating DA committee of under 150 members, hence, called a "Committee-in Formation" as we build our membership.
We are located in the north-east of South America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean. A former British colony, Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.
Guyana is a continental country with a Caribbean culture. We share a post-colonial history with the English-speaking Caribbean, but we are not a Caribbean Island.
Guyana is an oil producing nation with over 9 billion barrels of oil reserves; over 3000 Americans and their dependents are working in the Petroleum industry in Guyana.