If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national abroad, you have the right to vote from abroad in the 2022 midterm elections and every election.
If you are or will be 18 on Nov 8, 2022, you can vote in the upcoming elections. If you need help, please contact [email protected].
As a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote from abroad while living, working, or travelling overseas by submitting just 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 abroad, including:
- How to register to vote and request your ballot
- How to confirm your request has been accepted
- How and when should you receive your ballot
- Vote your ballot
- How to return your ballot
- Confirm your ballot's arrival
- What to do if you encounter difficulties
1.) Register to vote and request your ballot 📝
Visit www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), we strongly encourage you to request that your absentee ballot be sent via email.
Watch a video on how to use www.votefromabroad.org in English
Once you've filled out the form on www.votefromabroad.org, you must submit it to your local election office in the United States. Most states allow you to submit your FPCA directly from www.votefromabroad.org without the need to print out the form. But some states do require that you print out your completed form to submit by email attachment, by fax, or by mail. If your state requires that you submit your FPCA by postal mail, please use expedited delivery with a courier (read about our discount with FedEx below). State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.
If you have any questions while filling out the form, you can also always refer to Vote from Abroad's FAQ section, type your question in the website's chat box (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner), or send an email to [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 (LEO) that you will be receiving a ballot. After you send in your FPCA request form, call or email your LEO to verify they received it and will be sending a blank ballot to you. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you complete the FPCA on Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here. Alternatively, most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated. You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."
3.) Receive your ballot 📧
Under the MOVE Act, all states must send absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election (this year: September 24, 2022).
But you don't need to wait for ballots to come out on September 24. If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (the 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.
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, please contact your LEO and confirm they sent your ballot out. You can look up their contact info here. You may need to send in a new ballot request form, just go to www.votefromabroad.org.
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. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.
4.) Information about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates 🗳️
It’s very important to vote your ballot completely. The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not have a party affiliation directly associated with the party, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine the candidate to vote for in those cases, you can do the following:
- Google your county's local Democratic Party
- League of Women Voters offers a personalized ballot service at https://www.vote411.org/ballot. You can learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you vote.
- Google: Ballotpedia "your state" elections 2022 - Example: Ballotpedia Florida elections 2022
- You can Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website and information about each person.
5.) Return your ballot 🗳️
Once you've received your ballot, fill it out and return it immediately. Ballot return methods vary by state (online, email, postal mail, fax). Especially if your state only allows postal mail return — which is the case in many swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin — you must return your ballot as quickly as possible.
Check your state's exact ballot return methods here.
If your state allows email or fax ballot returns, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay. Here is more information on fax submission.
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, too.
New York Voters: Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.
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If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the best option at this point is to take your ballot to a post office and use express mail. You must ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope.
We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You will not receive a postmark if you book or pay online.
Even with expedited courier services, ballots still take several days to get to the United States. You must send it as soon as possible! Do not wait. Too much is on the line!
Returning your ballot via diplomatic pouch: Voters in Singapore can drop their ballots off at the U.S. Embassy. 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. Therefore, we do not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 5th.
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.
And when filling out your ballot and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot!
6.) Confirm your ballot arrival at your local election office in the United States
Once you've mailed 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! Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot". You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and try contacting them directly. They are experiencing an influx of calls, so you will likely need to remain persistent to get through to someone.
7.) 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].
YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
Having a Congress that understands and supports the Americans abroad community is essential to building critical Congressional support for our reform recommendations. That's why we are working to increase membership in the Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus - a group of Congressional leaders motivated to address the unique issues of the Americans abroad community.
Invite your Congressperson to join the American Abroad Caucus TODAY.
Find a script, ways to get in touch and more details about the caucus and our caucus membership drive. CLICK HERE if you are on a handheld device. CLICK HERE to download our Americans Abroad Caucus Membership Drive Participation Guide.
The Americans Abroad Caucus was founded by Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12) and is currently chaired by Rep. Maloney and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV01). A recent register of the Americans Abroad Caucus members is here.
The caucus helps guide us when we have reforms to present, problems that require government support or questions that relate to the federal government. They are critical help in our work to provide tax relief for Americans abroad, plus expand voting rights, address our immigration issues, and so much more.
We have prepared this participation guide and this webpage for handheld devices which includes everything you need for participating in the Americans Abroad Caucus Membership Drive. If you have any questions about the campaign or the advice in the guides please send questions to [email protected]
Thank you for your support for this campaign and for our work on behalf of the Americans abroad community.
On Friday 23 April the IRS published a bulletin describing the 2 million payments they distributed in the 6th batch of Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) from the American Rescue Plan Act. This is the U.S. Government's 3rd round of EIPs since the pandemic started: EIP1 = $1200 (Mar 2020); EIP2 = $600 (Dec 2020); EIP3 = $1400 (Feb 2021). The IRS 23 April bulletin is copied in full at the very end of this post.
Democrats Abroad continues to hear from eligible Americans abroad waiting for their EIP(s) and wanting to contact the IRS. The IRS has published this information about how to contact them from abroad. The International Call Center contact numbers listed at this website, open Monday through Friday from 6am to 11pm Eastern time, are:
You have the best chance of being near the front of the queue if you begin dialing at 6am US Eastern time, though many have reported long wait times even if they started dialing early.
You might also try to reach the IRS with a question through your member of the House of Representatives. Your Representative has constituent services officers, usually in the district office, to handle a range of constituent issues. You can request that your Representative's Constituent Advocate access the Congressional Liaison to the IRS on your behalf. You may be able to get in contact with the IRS in this way, though, again, many have reported to us that their outreach to constituent services staff was fruitless. It's no magic bullet, but it is worth a try. Here's how:Read more
Call for Nominations:
Democrats Abroad Regional Vice Chair Asia Pacific
We are now accepting nominations for the bi-annual election of Regional Vice Chair (RVC) for the Asia Pacific (AP) region! This election will take place during the AP Regional Meeting on the 16th of May as part of the Democrats Abroad Global Meeting. One vote is allocated to each AP country committee and will be cast solely by country committee chairs and vice chairs. The chair and vice chair each carry ½ vote. If either is not present, the other will carry the full vote.
Democrats Abroad has three RVCs, one for each region, who:
- Are elected to a two year term that begins and ends with the regional election.
- Cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.
- Serve as one of 8 voting members of the International Executive Committee. Meetings are currently held weekly and typically last from two to three hours, but this is subject to change with the new leadership.
- Organize and lead monthly regional calls of about one to two hours to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees.
- Organize and lead a one to three day annual regional meeting to encourage, inform, and create a sense of community among regional country committees. When practical, these annual meetings are held as in-person events with remote participation available.
- Act as a liaison between the International Executive Committee and one or more of the Democrats Abroad committees, lending a hand to the committee chair and assuming chair responsibilities should that position not be filled.
- Assist in organizing and attend the annual Democrats Abroad Global Meeting, preferably in person when conditions allow. Note that travel costs are the responsibility of the RVC.
- Work with existing country committees to mediate and resolve issues within their committees including election issues, membership queries, etc.
- Track compliance status of country committees with Charter requirements and work with emerging and out-of-compliance countries to help bring them into compliance.
- Communicate International Executive Committee decisions, policies, and Democrats Abroad best practices to the country committee leaders.
- Bring regional issues to the International Executive Committee for discussion and resolution.
The eligibility requirements for AP RVC are as follows:
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a member of Democrats Abroad residing within a country in the Asia Pacific region.
- Adhere to the principles of the Democratic Party of the United States.
- Due to the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents of the AP region who are temporarily residing outside of their country of residence due to the pandemic may still run for AP RVC (example: resident of Singapore who is temporarily residing in France due to quarantines and travel restrictions). There must be an intent to return to the AP region following the lift of travel restrictions.
Self-nominations and nominations of others are both welcomed and encouraged! Please submit any nominations via the nomination form at this link no later than 23 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Each nominee is required to accept their nomination no later than 31 March 11:59 PM EDT (UTC-4). Nominations from the floor of the election meeting will be accepted as well, and all official candidates will be given time to make a short speech.
A list of candidates will be released on 1 April following the nomination acceptance deadline.
Please direct any questions to [email protected].
On behalf of the 2021 AP Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC),
Anthony Nitz (Vietnam, Chair)
Christine Valverde (New Zealand)
Michael Ramos (Australia)
Phong Quan (Singapore)
Dear DA Lion City Committee (DALCC) Member,
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Among the agenda items will be election of the six members of the Executive Committee (Excom) for a two year term of office.
The AGM will be held at the 3rd floor Board Room of the Business Centre at the American Club, 10 Claymore Hill, Singapore 229573.
Please submit nominations and statement of interests via email to Lisa Tucker-Kellogg at [email protected] no later than Wednesday, 8 May, 2019. We strongly encourage all our members to participate in this AGM and to seriously consider running for one of the positions on the Executive Committee or volunteering for one of the Standing Committees
For positions that receive nominations prior to the election for the said position, there can be no nominations from the floor of the meeting, as those voting via email will not have the same opportunity to vote for candidates nominated from the floor and voting will already be in process. For Excom positions for which no candidates have a been nominated, nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting.
Once all nominations are received, we will email all of the candidates’ statements of interest and a ballot to be reviewed prior to the election.
Options for voting: (choose one):
• Vote in person at the election meeting via paper ballot.
• Vote via proxy at the election meeting. Submit proxy form by Friday, 24 May. Please note that no proxy holder can have more than 2 proxies and proxy holders must be members in good standing of DA Lion City. The nominations committee will recommend eligible proxy holders to people who don’t know who to ask.
• Vote via email by Friday, 24th May, 2019.. Please send emails to Lisa Tucker-Kellogg at [email protected]
Please note that you must be a member of Democrats Abroad 14 days prior to the election if casting your vote via email or proxy and 1 day prior to the election if casting your vote in person.
Please direct any questions to one of the members of the nominations committee below:
• Lisa Tucker-Kellogg at [email protected] (Chair of the DALCC Nomination Committee)
• David White at [email protected] or
• David Klingensmith at [email protected]
Subsequent E-mails regarding other items on the Agenda for the May 25, 2019, AGM will be sent out by the Chair of DALCC in the near future.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the DA Lion City Nominations and Elections Committee (2019),
Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Chair of the Election Committee (2019)
Dear DA Lion City Member,
During the AGM on 5 May 2018 at 6 p.m., an election will be held to fill our Member at Large position. It will be held at 07-05 Kent Vale Block A, 103 Clementi Road, Singapore 129788. T: 9380 9200
Directions for cars: Drive in past the gatehouse and then take a left turn up the hill. After the road bends back to the right, you'll see block A in front of you. Go into the block A elevator in front of you for units 5-8 (there's another elevator off to the side for units 1-4, but don't use that one). Take it up to the 7th floor and unit 5 will be on your left as you come out of the elevator. Please submit nominations and statement of interests via email to [email protected] no later than 14th April.
Once all nominations are received, we will email all of the candidate’s statements of interest and a ballot to be reviewed prior to the election.
Options for voting: (choose one): 1. Vote in person at the election meeting via paper ballot. 2. Vote via proxy at the election meeting. Submit proxy form by 4th May. Please note that no proxy holder can have more than 2 proxies and that the nominations committee will recommend eligible proxy holders to people who don’t know who to ask.
Please note that you must be a member of Democrats Abroad 14 days prior to the election if casting your vote via proxy and 1 day prior to the election if casting your vote in person. The newly elected Member at Large will assume their duties after the election.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the DA Lion City Nominations and Elections Committee (2018),
We want to thank you all for voting and getting out the vote in the elections this week. Whether you attended our phone banks; made calls from home or with friends; posted on your Facebook page; liked our Facebook page so our election information could reach more members; or called folks from home and reminded them to vote, your efforts contributed to the tremendous success the Democrats had on Tuesday.
A special shout out to our top callers to voters:
1. Tricia Augustine;
2. Rachael Hines
3. Kimberly Hoover
You all ROCK!
We can't say it enough, voting and getting others to do the same is what makes the biggest difference! Tuesday was not just a great night for Democrats but it was a great night for America!
In addition to winning both Virginia and New Jersey Gubernatorial elections, there were some stand out achievements that should be noted. Virginia elected Danica Roem to the House of Delegates, who will be one of the first openly transgender elected officials. Offended by a sexist post during the woman's march by New Jersey Freeholder John Carman, 32 year old first-time candidate Ashley Bennett decided to run against him and won! An unprecedented number of House of Delegate seats in Virginia were flipped by pro-choice women. Several women and minorities were elected around the country proving to the world what America is all about diversity and inclusion.
There are more critical special elections coming up that we will be phone banking for. Shockingly, the special election for an open seat in the US Senate for Alabama is too close to call, despite the accusations of pedophilia by Roy Moore. Make sure all your Alabama voters friends and family get out to vote for Democratic candidate Doug Jones!
If you have not signed up for our free online call portal please contact our Chairwoman Patricia Reed at [email protected] and she will help you get started.