2018 Elections: Registration and Ballot Updates

Known issues regarding application deadlines or access to ballots. (listed alphabetically by state)

Arizona — Deadline to Register to vote is Tuesday, November 6.
FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as Received by 11:59 PM, October 9, 2018 and the ballot request deadline as Received by October 26, 2018, but we have confirmed with state election officials that the deadline is Received by 7 PM MST, November 6, 2018 — close of polls on Election Day: Arizona Secretary of State website: Military and Overseas Voters
Overseas voters can register to vote and request a ballot using Arizona's online system.
Overseas voters can return your ballot using Arizona's Secure Ballot Upload system. To upload a voted ballot, you must have first been authorized by the county to utilize the system. You can obtain authorization from the county by requesting an early ballot through this system or by contacting your county directly.
California — LA County relying on SAMPLE BALLOT to be voted by overseas voters requesting ballot by email.
For those receiving a ballot via email containing a download link, the downloaded PDF of your ballot may appear with the words SAMPLE BALLOT in the margin. The ballot will appear otherwise able to be voted with (i.e. the words SAMPLE BALLOT do not obscure the voting area). You should also have received accompanying instructions from your local elections officials clarifying that the SAMPLE BALLOT is the ballot that you should vote, and that it will be counted. Do not wait to receive an official ballot. Go ahead and vote with the Sample Ballot. As always, best to confirm by contacting your elections officials to confirm whether you can vote with the Sample Ballot.
Connecticut — Deadline to Register to vote is Monday, November 5.
FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 30, but Connecticut accepts applications until November 5: Connecticut Secretary of State website: Military and Citizens Overseas Ballot Information
Illinois — Voters can request a ballot until Saturday, October 27.
The October 9, 2018 deadline listed on FVAP.gov is specific to (1) Overseas Citizens who are not registered to vote and requesting a full ballot (all elections for federal, state, local offices and ballot measures); however (2) Overseas Citizens who are registered to vote and requesting a full ballot and (3) Overseas Citizens who are not registered to vote and requesting a federal ballot only (U.S. House, other years would include races for U.S. Senate and the presidency) have until October 27 to apply.
Mississippi — Deadline to Register to vote is Saturday, October 27.
FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 8, but voters can registration by email, fax or online until October 27: Mississippi Secretary of State website: Military and Overseas Voter Information
Nevada — Deadline to Register to vote is Tuesday, October 30
FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 8, but voters can register until October 30 by FPCA or online
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania continues to block overseas access to the state elections website.
If you have problems downloading your ballot, please call the PA Help Desk at 1-866-472-7873 or email STSVCSURE_Helpdesk@pa.gov for immediate assistance. They will email your ballot but you must request it. PA VOTERS - IMPORTANT BALLOT INFORMATION - Problems with Download Link!
South Carolina — Voter Registration deadline has been extended until Wednesday, October 17.
If you send the form by Email or Fax, your form must be RECEIVED in South Carolina by October 17, 2018. If you send the form by Mail, it must be POSTMARKED by October 17, 2018.
❗️Virginia — Deadline to Register to Vote is Monday, October 15.
FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as Received by 5 PM, October 30, 2018, but we have confirmed with state election officials that the deadline is Received by 5 PM EDT, October 15, 2018 — 22 days before the election. Virginia Department of Elections website: Military & Overseas
Washington — Deadline to Register to vote is Tuesday, November 6.
FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 8, but Washington allows registration through Election Day: Washington Secretary of State: Military and Overseas Voters

PA VOTERS - IMPORTANT BALLOT INFORMATION - Problems with Download Link!

**2nd UPDATE - Oct 2, 2018**


If you have having any problems downloading your ballot, PLEASE contact the PA SURE Help Desk IMMEDIATELY: 


Call 1-866-472-7873 or email:
 
STSVCSure_Helpdesk@pa.gov

None of the links provided will work outside the U.S. The SURE Help Desk will send your ballot to you as a PDF attachment, but you must ask for it!

And deadlines for returning your voted ballot still apply: You must return your voted ballot by Mail, it must be Postmarked by Monday, November 5th AND Received in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, November 13th. 

All overseas voters who requested an electronic ballot should have received an email from the PA Dept of State on Oct 1 with the following information: 

SUBJECT: Important Message from the PA Dept. of State About Your Absentee Ballot Request

We are sending this email to make sure you were able to successfully download your absentee ballot and to remind you of the deadline to return your voted ballot. If you experience any issues downloading your absentee ballot, please contact our Help Desk at 1-866-472-7873 or by email at STSVCSure_Helpdesk@pa.gov

Please remember that your voted absentee ballot must be received by your county election office no later than November 13, 2018, and you must sign the affirmation indicating that your voted ballot was mailed no later than 11:59 PM on the day before Election Day.

If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org

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(Friday, Sep 28) The links provided below are not working at this time. We're working to help resolve this issue and we should have more news by Monday. In the meantime:

If you can't access your ballot, please email or call your Local Election Official in Pennsylvania and ask them to send your ballot as a PDF attachment in an email.

You can find contact information for your election office here:
https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/eod.htm?submission=true&stateId=42

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Unable to download your Pennsylvania Ballot? Here's the fix!

Contact the Pennsylvania Department of State's Help Desk at 1-866-472-7873 or STSVCSURE_Helpdesk@pa.gov and an employee will verify your identity and email you a ballot directly.

If your ballot for the November 6th General Election was sent to you by Email/Online, we’ve learned that the link in the email is not secure and will not work outside the US. 

This secure link will work for all users outside the US:  https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/ 

Or you can use the public link:https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/Login.aspx

If you have any questions or need help with voting, please email us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org


A Message to Florida Voters

Florida Democrats are more engaged than ever. Democrats have won five special elections in a row, flipping seats in every corner of the state. This past August we had the highest primary turnout since 1978 and just last week we announced that our volunteers have contacted 8,000,000 voters this year!

We are well on our way to flipping Florida blue -- and setting ourselves up to save our state and our country from the divisive rhetoric of Donald Trump and his biggest supporters Governor Rick Scott and Rep. Ron DeSantis. Re-electing Bill Nelson (Twitter, Facebook) will be key for Democrats to reclaim a majority in the Senate. We have the chance to make history in Florida, to elect the first African American to the Governor's mansion, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (Twitter, Facebook), the first woman to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried (Facebook), and take back our state with quality Democrats from the school board to the Senate, but YOU have to vote.

Even if you've voted in the past, you have to sign up again to have your ballot sent to you. It's easy and all you have to do is visit votefromabroad.org fill out the form and send it in.

Thank you!  With the past 4 statewide elections decided by an average of 80,000 votes -- YOUR vote could make all the difference. If you have any questions about voting please email the Voter Help Desk at gotv@democratsabroad.org.

Terrie Rizzo
Chairwoman, Florida Democratic Party

 

 

Your deadlines are coming up:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 9. The registration form will also request your ballot and must be sent by mail, postmarked by October 9. We recommend that you send your request form asap and request to have your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

REQUEST to receive your overseas absentee ballot by email/online or fax by Tuesday, November 6. To request to receive your ballot by mail, your form must be received by Wednesday, October 31. Your request form may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email or fax and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot to your local election office by Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm local time by fax or mail. Your ballot returned by fax1 must be received by Election Day. Your ballot returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Friday, November 16 to be counted.

 

1 DoD Fax Service is for voters who need to send election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine. You can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) will fax your election materials for you.

All overseas voters may vote in elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races). Overseas voters who indicate they “intend to return” may also vote in Florida state elections.


A Message for Nebraska Voters

Your vote this fall is critical to Democrats winning in Nebraska! We have a chance to win key elections and ballot campaigns this year but we need you to vote. We helped secure Medicaid Expansion on the ballot which will give health care to 90,000 Nebraskans. We know that we can succeed; in 2014 we raised the minimum wage thru the ballot. We have several statewide and local races in which you can make a difference, including Bob Krist for Governor and Spencer Danner for Secretary of State. Bob Krist is running against Trump’s best friend and billionaire, Pete Ricketts, whose attempts to buy the Legislature are a threat to government by the people.  In addition, Ricketts has illegally executed one inmate (the first Nebraska execution in 21 years) and is anxiously awaits the next execution. State Senator Bob Krist, a retired Air Force colonel, has served in the legislature for the last 10 years helping Nebraska families obtain health care and protecting those most vulnerable.We need Sen. Krist in the Governor’s Mansion! Spencer Danner will make sure that every registered voter can vote. Nebraska Republicans have put forward Voter I.D. laws for the last 8 years and have been beaten every year only because of Democratic leadership. Republicans are afraid because if people turn out to vote, they know they lose. For more information about these elections and to see all 850 Democrats running, check out nebraskademocrats.org.

If you are not registered, please register NOW. If you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, please do so NOW to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal registration form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in Nebraska.

On behalf of the Nebraska Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Jane Kleeb
Chair, Nebraska Democratic Party

 

Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Friday, October 19. Your registration form will also request your ballot and may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend registering by email or fax, and requesting that your ballot be delivered to you by email.

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REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Friday, October 26, 6 pm local time. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 8 pm local time by email*, fax* or mail.

*Ballot return by email or fax requires prior approval. Please contact your election official.

 

All overseas voters may vote in Nebraska state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.


A Message to South Dakota Voters

Your vote this fall is important to South Dakota! We have a chance to win key elections this year but we need your help. We have several races where you can make a difference, including supporting Billie Sutton for Governor, Tim Bjorkman for U.S. House, Randy Seiler for Attorney General, as well as other statewide races for constitutional office and the State Legislature. You can see a full list of Democratic candidates for statewide office, and for State Legislature on our site.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in South Dakota.

On behalf of the South Dakota Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Ann Tornberg, Chair of the South Dakota Democratic Party

 

Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Monday, October 22. The registration form will also request your ballot and must be sent by mail. We recommend that you request to have your ballot delivered to you by email, and that you send your registration/request form asap to ensure you have enough time to return your ballot.

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REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Monday, November 5, 5 pm local time. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6. Your ballot must be mailed and received by Election Day. Mail your voted ballot early enough for it to reach South Dakota before the deadline. We recommend mailing your ballot by Monday, October 8.

 

All overseas voters may vote in South Dakota state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).


A Message to Wyoming Voters

The importance of the 2018 election cannot be overstated. Locally, statewide, and nationally, so much is on the line. Republicans have made it clear that healthcare, education funding, and public lands are on the chopping block if we don’t make significant gains in November.

We will need your help to prevail.

Wyoming Democrats have incredible opportunities to pick up seats during this cycle. U.S. Senate candidate Gary Trauner is crisscrossing our state, knocking on doors, and holding town halls. He is doing something his opponent refuses to do—actually talking to voters and listening to their concerns! Gary Trauner will continue to take his directions from the people of Wyoming after being elected to the U.S. Senate. #TraunerTime #CountryB4Party

Greg Hunter is running to represent Wyoming in the U.S. House and hoping to oust a dynasty in the nation’s capital. #DemsDoBetter

History is in our favor in the Wyoming gubernatorial race too. Did you know that Wyoming has not elected back-to-back Republican Governors since 1966? We’ll see that trend continue in 2018 because Mary Throne is working tirelessly to be the next Governor of Wyoming. She’s serious about growing our economy so that everyone can prosper. She’s the only candidate who will stop the Legislature from slashing our children’s futures to pay for bad decisions. Voters in the Equality State agree. #StateBeforeParty

At the county and legislative levels, the quality of candidates is incredible. They come from a variety of backgrounds—from a school psychologist to a retired trona miner—and are running professional, effective campaigns.

Simply put, I have not seen this level of energy, organization, and opportunity in years.

Now, we need you. Whether you're in Hong Kong or Hyattville, Rotterdam or Riverton, or anywhere else, Wyoming needs your vote! It may make the difference in several key races.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign, and send it into your local election office here in Wyoming.

You've heard of the Blue Wave? In Wyoming, we call it a Blue Wind, and it's blowing across this red state.

Democratically yours,
Joe M Barbuto, Chair
Wyoming Democratic Party #WyoDems

 

Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Monday, October 22. Your registration form must be sent by mail. The registration form will also request your ballot. We recommend that you request to have your ballot delivered to you by email, and that you send your registration/request form asap to ensure you have enough time to return your ballot.

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REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Monday, November 5. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm MST. Your ballot must be mailed and it must be received by Election Day. Mail your voted ballot early enough for it to reach Wyoming before the deadline. We recommend mailing your ballot by Monday, October 8.

 

 

All overseas voters may vote in elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races). Overseas voters who indicate they “intend to return” may also vote in Wyoming state elections.


A Message for North Dakota Voters

Hello Fellow North Dakota Dem-NPLers, this year has been unlike any year our party has ever experienced. We have Senator Heidi Heitkamp running for re-election, Mac Schneider running for Congress and great statewide and legislative candidate. They are working hard and are in the best possible position to win, but since it’s North Dakota it won't be easy. That's where we need Dem-NPLers who live abroad like you. With a Senate race that will come down to a handful of votes, we need to make sure that every North Dakotan regardless of where they live turns out and votes.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in North Dakota.

Thank you for your support. Without it we cannot win on Election Day!

Democratically yours,

Warren Larson
Chair, North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party

 

Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Monday, November 5. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot to your local election office by email, fax or mail by Monday, November 5. Your ballot sent by email or fax must be received by 11:59 pm the day before Election Day. If you return your ballot by postal mail, it must be postmarked Monday before Election Day and received by Monday, November 12 to be counted.

 

All overseas voters may vote in North Dakota state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.


A Message for Tennessee Voters

Your vote this fall is important to Tennessee! We have a chance to win key elections this year but we need your help. We have several races where you can make a difference, including the Senate election where Democrat former governor and former mayor of Nashville Phil Bredesen is currently running a slight lead over Republican Marsha Blackburn and the gubernatorial race to push Democrat Karl Dean ahead for a win.

The state senate elections are also extremely important, as winners will serve through 2022 and play a role in Tennessee’s redistricting process; 13 Democrats are running against Republican incumbents. We need your vote to help break the Republican trifecta in place since 2010. We especially need your vote for Allan Creasy for State House District 97 and Joda Thongnopnua for State House District 30.

We also have an important issue on the ballot: Referendum Ordinance No. 6577: Eliminate Run-Off Elections

For more information about these elections, please check out Tennessee State Senate Elections 2018 on Ballotpedia.org or tndp.org.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in Tennessee.

On behalf of the Tennessee Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Mary Mancini
Chair, Tennessee Democratic Party

 

Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 30. Your registration form will also request your ballot and may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend registering by email or fax.

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REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Tuesday, October 30 5 pm PST. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email or fax, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 8 pm local time. Mail your voted ballot early enough for it to reach Tennessee by the close of polls on Election Day. We recommend mailing your ballot by Monday, October 8.

 

All overseas voters may vote in Tennessee state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.


A Message to New Mexico Voters

When it comes to New Mexico’s future, your vote has never been more important.

We have a chance this year to win key elections, but we need your help. We have races up and down the ticket where your vote could make all the difference. For instance, Xochitl Torres Small is trying to flip Steve Pearce’s old seat in Southern New Mexico, Deb Haaland is fighting to become the first Native American Congresswoman in CD-1, and Michelle Lujan Grisham is trying to flip the Governor’s Mansion and become the first female Democratic Governor.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in New Mexico.

On behalf of the New Mexico Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Marg Elliston
Chair, New Mexico Democratic Party

 

Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 9. Your registration form will also request your ballot and may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend registering by email or fax, and requesting to have your ballot delivered to you by email.

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REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Friday, November 2. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email or fax, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot to your local election office by email, fax or mail by Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm MST.

 

 

All overseas voters may vote in New Mexico state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional

 


A Message for West Virginia Voters

Your vote this fall is important to West Virginia! We have a chance to win key elections this year but we need your help. We have several races where you can make a difference, including the US Senate Race where Joe Manchin has had our back on important issues such as ACA and our Congressional races where out of state Candidate Republican Alex Mooney has fooled the voters and is never seen in the District. Talley Sergent for CD2, Richard Ojeda for CD3 and Kendra Fershee for CD1 are fighting for working families and finding answers to our opioid epidemic.

We also have issues on the ballot including Amendment 1, which wants to strip away the right for a women to choose even in cases of incest, rape or the mother's life.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in West Virginia.

On behalf of the West Virginia Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

Democratically yours,
Belinda Biafore
Chair, West Virginia Democratic Party



Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 16. The registration form will also request your ballot and must be sent by mail. We recommend that you request to have your ballot delivered to you by email, and that you send your request form asap to ensure you have enough time to return your ballot.

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REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Wednesday, October 31. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

 

RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 pm EST. Your ballot sent by email or fax must be received by the close of polls on Election Day. If you return your ballot by postal mail, it must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Monday, November 12 to be counted.

 

All overseas voters may vote in West Virginia state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

Note: When you fill in your ballot request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.