September Primaries

Massachusetts, Delaware, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York

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

Massachusetts: Tuesday, September 4, 2018 — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Elizabeth Warren) and U.S. House; Statewide office candidates for Governor of Massachusetts (currently Republican Charles D. Baker), Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and House. Massachusetts has a hybrid primary that allows those voters not registered in a party to participate and remain unaffiliated. 

Delaware: Thursday, September 6, 2018 — Federal offices for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Tom Carper) and U.S. House. State offices are Attorney General, State Senate and House. Delaware has a vulnerable Democratic trifecta since 2008.

New Hampshire: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 — Federal office candidates for U.S. House; State office candidates for Governor (sitting governor Republican Chris Sununu is not seeking re-election in 2018), State Senate and House. New Hampshire has a hybrid primary system, that allows unaffiliated voters to choose a party before voting. New Hampshire has a Republican trifecta since 2011

Rhode Island: Wednesday, September 12, 2018 — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse) and U.S. House; Statewide office candidates for Governor (currently Democrat Gina Raimondo) and Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and House. Rhode Island has a hybrid primary that allows unaffiliated voters to choose to affiliate with a party and vote in the primary. Rhode Island has a Democratic trifecta since 2013.

New York: Thursday, September 13, 2018 — State Primary Election will determine candidates for Governor (currently Democrat Andrew Cuomo is seeking a third term) and Lt. Governor of New York, Attorney General, Comptroller, State Senate and State Assembly. The New York Federal Primary was held on June 26, 2018.


* Overseas voters from Delaware, New York and Rhode Island who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in New York's state elections.

Hybrid primary – Voters affiliated with a political party can vote in that party's primary, and unaffiliated voters may choose a party primary.

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.

  1. Go to 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
Massachusetts – September 4, 2018
      Voter Registration not required
Ballot Request received by Friday, August 31, 5pm EDT
Return Ballot received by Tuesday, September 4, 8pm EDT
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Delaware – September 6, 2018
  Voter Registration (by email, fax) received by or (by mail) postmarked by Monday, August 20
Ballot Request REQUEST Mail Ballot: 
received by Friday, August 31 or
  REQUEST Email/Online, Fax Ballot: 
received by Wednesday, September 5, noon EDT
Return Ballot received by Thursday, September 6, 8pm EDT
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New Hampshire – September 11, 2018
  Voter Registration received by Tuesday, September 11
Ballot Request received by Monday, September 10
Return Ballot (must mail) received by Tuesday, September 11 
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Rhode Island – September 12, 2018
  Voter Registration Monday, August 13 (fax or mail)
Ballot Request received by Wednesday, August 22, 4pm EDT (fax or mail)
Return Ballot received by Wednesday, September 12, 8pm EDT (fax* or mail)
*Fax only if you requested your absentee ballot by fax.
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New York State Primary – September 13, 2018
  Voter Registration received by Monday, August 20
*If you send your FPCA by email or fax, you must also mail the form
Ballot Request received by Thursday, September 6
*If you send your FPCA by email or fax, you must also mail the form
Return Ballot (must mail) postmarked by Wednesday, September 12 and received by Thursday, September 20 
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Vote with the FWAB

Don’t have your ballot yet? Absentee voting has begun: ballots for the September Primaries have been sent 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.
  2. If you haven't requested a ballot, or if it was never received,
    • If using the FWAB to for Voter Registratrion or as Ballot Request: The FWAB must be received by the Registration/Request deadline.
    • New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island 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


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