Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky
Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.
What is on the Primary Ballot
- Arkansas — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Asa Hutchinson), Lieutenant Governor, Arkansas Secretary of State, Attorney General, Arkansas State Representative, possibly Arkansas State Senate. Arkansas has an open primary. Arkansas has a Republican trifecta since 2017.
- Arkansas State Senate Districts 16 and 29 — Special Election to elect State Senators.
- Georgia — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by term-limited Republican Nathan Deal), Lieutenant Governor, Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia State Senate and State Representative. Georgia has an open primary. Georgia has a Republican trifecta since 2005.
- Kentucky — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Kentucky Supreme Court, Kentucky Court of Appeals, member of the Kentucky House of Representatives, possibly Kentucky State Senate. Kentucky has a Republican trifecta since 2017.
*Overseas voters from Georgia who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.
Open primary – an election in which registered voters need not be members of a party to vote for the party's nominee.
Trifecta – when one political party holds the governorship, a majority in the state senate, and a majority in the state house in a state's government.
Questions about the primary?
Take a look at our Primary Elections FAQ.
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.
- Go to www.votefromabroad.org to complete the Ballot Request form (FPCA).
- Print and Sign the form.
- Send the signed FPCA to your election official. You may EMAIL, FAX or MAIL your FPCA (except where indicated)
|Arkansas voters||Voter Registration||Postmarked by Monday, April 23 (must mail)|
|Ballot Request||Received by Tuesday, May 15 (must mail)|
|Georgia voters||Voter Registration||
Request by Email or Fax:Received by Monday, April 23 or
Request ballot by Mail:Postmarked by April 23 and Received by April 26
|Ballot Request||Received by Friday, May 18|
|Kentucky voters||Voter Registration||Postmarked by Monday, April 23|
|Ballot Request||Received by Tuesday, May 15|
Return Voted Ballot
If you have received your official ballot, Vote now by marking the ballot and sending it back to your election official without delay!
|Arkansas voters||Postmarked by Tuesday, May 22 and Received by Friday, June 1 (Must mail)|
|Georgia voters||Received by Friday, May 25 (must mail)|
|Kentucky voters||Received by Tuesday, May 22 at 6pm (Must mail)|
Vote with the FWAB
Haven't received your ballot yet? Absentee voting has begun for the May 22 primaries: ballots were sent by April 7 to voters with valid requests on file.* With less than 30 days to the election, vote today using the backup ballot called the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
- Complete the FWAB and send it to your election official.
- Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky voters: follow FWAB by Mail Intructions...
- If you haven't requested a ballot, or if it was never received,
- Georgian, Kentucky voters: If using the FWAB to for Voter Registratrion or as Ballot Request: The FWAB must be received by the Registration/Request deadline.
- Arkansas voters: If you haven't requested a ballot, or if your ballot request was never received: You still need to send the FPCA form before the request deadline and before or with the FWAB.
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.