August 11 and August 14 Primaries

Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin

Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

Saturday, August 11 – Hawaii 
Tuesday, August 14 – Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin State Primaries

 

What is on the Primary Ballot

Connecticut — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Chris Murphy) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor (currently Democrat Dan Malloy is not seeking a third term), Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House. Connecticut has a Democratic state government trifecta since 2011 rated vulnerable.

Hawaii — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Mazie Hirono) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor (incumbent Democrat David Ige), State Senate and State House. Hawaii uses an open primary system. Hawaii has a Democratic state government trifecta since 2010.

Minnesota — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Amy Klobuchar), U.S. House and Special Primary Election for Minnesota's other Senate seat. Statewide office candidates for Governor (incumbent Democrat Mark Dayton), Attorney General, State Secretary of State, State Senate, State House and State Supreme Court. Minnesota uses an open primary system.

Vermont — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Independent Bernie Sanders) and for the state's At-Large Congressional District. Statewide office candidates for Governor (currently Republican Phillip Scott), Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House. Vermont uses an open primary system.

Wisconsin — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor (incumbent Republican Scott Walker), Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Secretary of State, State Senate, State Assembly and State Supreme Court. Wisconsin uses an open primary system.

 

* Overseas voters from Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in state and local elections.

Open primary – an election in which registered voters need not be members of a party to vote for the party's nominee.

 

Questions about the primary?

Take a look at our Primary Elections FAQ.

Find dates of other 2018 Primary Elections.

 

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FPCA Protections for Voters Abroad

Why should I send an FPCA as an overseas voter, rather than using a regular in-state absentee ballot request?

We strongly recommend that all overseas voters submit the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to let your Local Election Official know you are living and voting from abroad. The FPCA is only one page and acts like an address update--but it also provides significant advantages that are only available to overseas voters:

  1. An FPCA sent in the calendar year of an election, protects your ballot at the federal level in case of a recount. (A ballot that doesn't have a corresponding ballot request form may be subject to challenge in a close election).
  2. You will receive a ballot for every election in that calendar year, including primaries, special elections and runoff elections by submitting the single request.
  3. You can use the form to request your blank ballot be sent to you via an electronic option (email, online and/or fax) instead of postal mail. Every state will send a blank ballot electronically.
  4. Your state must send your blank ballot no less than 45 days before the election.
  5. If you don't receive your blank ballot in time to return it in by the deadline, you can use the federal backup ballot, the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB), to cast your vote.
  6. Many states allow overseas voters additional time to return their voted ballot, and some states allow overseas voters to submit voted ballots using an electronic option (email, online and/or fax).

Mark your calendar: for the 2018 Midterm Elections, overseas voters can expect requested blank ballots will be sent by September 22.
 > add 45 Day reminder to your calendar

Why should I send in the FPCA to request my ballot every calendar year?

Under federal law, states are only required to send you a ballot if you submit the form to request it that calendar year, even if you're a registered voter. Some states are more generous and will send blank blllots without an annual request; others are very strict. So we advise all overseas voters to be safe and send an FPCA in each year: the best practice is to send in a new form every January and any time you move. You don't want any unexpected surprises that cause you to miss your chance to vote!

Overseas voters use the FPCA both to register to vote initially and to request a ballot each year. The FPCA is only one page and you can fill it out online at VoteFromAbroad.org (you can create a "Voter Account" to save some of the form information you enter for your future use1). And the one form will cover you for all elections in the calendar year: primary, general and upcoming special elections of which you may not be aware. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org, click on "Start Here" and follow the prompts.
  2. Print out and sign the form.
  3. Return the form to your Local Election Official by mail, email or fax, using information in the Instructions from the website. (The email, phone and fax information is on a separate page from the mailing address.) Submission methods and deadlines vary by state, but please note that you do not need to show a foreign postmark or get a consular stamp.

After you send in your FPCA, be sure to verify with your Local Election Official that they received your application and will be sending a ballot to you. The applicable contact information will be in the printed Instructions, or you can also look up the contact information using the Election Official Directory.

If you have any questions while filling out the form, the website has an online chat box (click the orange circle in the lower right corner of the screen) to contact the Voter Help Desk, or send an email to help@votefromabroad.org.

Only your Local Election Official in the US can accept your voter registration and send out your ballot.

Hint: if you did not received a ballot to vote in your state's 2018 primary election, you most likely will not be getting a ballot to vote in the General Election--UNLESS you submit a new FPCA.

I'm already a registered voter and my state always send me a ballot. Why should I send in the FPCA anyway?

Even though you may vote in a state that typically sends out a ballot without an annual request we still urge all overseas voters to send in their form to request a ballot every year to make sure you will be able to vote. Don't find out too late that you've missed your chance to vote!

And even if you decide not to send in the form this year, it's still very important to email or call your election official to verify that you will be getting a ballot this year. Mistakes happen, states change voting rules--don't wait to find out if your ballot will come--Verify! 

Every election, we hear from voters who find out too late that they won't be able to vote because they missed the deadline to request their ballot.

The most reliable way to verify you will be receiving a ballot this calendar year is to email or call your Local Election Official. You can look up the contact information using the Election Official Directory. Most states also provide online voter registration checks to verify your voter status, but they are not always up-to-date.

Be safe, be sure, be counted!

 

 

1 The VoteFromAbroad.org Voter Account will never store personal identification information such as Social Security number (SSN), driver's license number, Passport number or any such identifier.


August 2 - 7 Primaries

Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, Washington State

Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

Thursday, August 2 – Tennessee Primary; Saturday, August 4 – Virgin Islands Territory Primary; Tuesday, August 7 – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington State Primaries.

 

What is on the Primary Ballot

Kansas — Federal office candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Kansas House of Representatives. Kansas has a Republican state government trifecta since 2010.

Michigan — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow) and U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Michigan legislature. Michigan has a Republican state government trifecta since 2010.

Missouri — Missouri uses an open primary system. Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill) and U.S. House of Representatives. Statewide office candidates for Missouri legislature. Missouri has a Republican state government trifecta since 2016.

Tennessee — Tennessee uses an open primary system. Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Republican Bob Corker is not seeking re-election) and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Governor and Tennessee legislature. Tennessee has a Republican state government trifecta since 2016.

Virgin Islands — Federal nonvoting Congressional Representative. Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Virgin Islands Legislature and some of the Board of Education and the Board of Elections.

Washington — Washington State uses a top-two primary election. Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House. Statewide office candidates for Washington legislature. Washington has a Democratic state government trifecta since 2016 rated vulnerable.

 

Open primary – an election in which registered voters need not be members of a party to vote for the party's nominee.

Top-two primary – an election in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of their partisan affiliations, advance to the general election. Consequently, it is possible for two candidates belonging to the same political party to win in a top-two primary and face off in the general election.

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.

Find dates of other 2018 Primary Elections.

 

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June 19 and June 26 Primaries

Colorado, D.C., Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, Utah

Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates.

The District of Columbia will hold it’s primary on June 19. The states will hold their primaries on June 26.

What is on the Primary Ballot

Colorado — Federal office candidates for U.S. House; Statewide office candidates for Governor of Colorado, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Supreme Court, State Senate and House.

D.C. — Federal office candidates for U.S. House District of Columbia At-large District; City of Washington, D.C. candidates for Mayor, City Council and Attorney General.

Maryland — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House; State office candidates for Governor of Maryland, Attorney General, Supreme Court and Maryland State Senate and House of Delegates.

New York — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House; September 13 State Primary Election will determine candidates for Governor of New York, Attorney General, State Senate and State Assembly.

Oklahoma — Federal office candidates for U.S. House; Statewide office candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, Attorney General, Treasurer, Supreme Court, State Senate and State House.

Utah — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House; Utah Supreme Court, State Senate and State House.

* Overseas voters from Utah who indicate they "intend to return" may also vote in Utah state elections.

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June 12 State Primaries

Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia

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

Maine — Federal office candidates for U.S. Representative; State office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Paul LePage) and Statewide Ballot Measure Question 1, Ranked-Choice Voting Delayed Enactment and Automatic Repeal Referendum. learn more

Nevada — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Republican Dean Heller) and U.S. Representative; State office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Brian Sandoval and Lieutenant Governor and Nevada Supreme Court.

North Dakota — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Heidi Heitkamp and and the state's single member of the U.S. House; State office candidates for Secretary of State, Tax Commissioner, and Commissioner of Agriculture.

South Carolina — Federal office candidates for U.S. Representative; State office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Henry McMaster) and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and South Carolina House of Representatives.

Virginia — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senator (incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine) and U.S. Representative.

 

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June 5 State Primaries

Alabama, California, Iowa, Montana, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota

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

Alabama — Federal office candidates for U.S. Representative and state office candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Kay Ivey) and Lieutenant Governor, Alabama Attorney General, Alabama Secretary of State, Treasurer, Supreme Court and Alabama State Senator and State Representative.

California — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein) and U.S. Representative; state office candidates for Governor (incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown is ineligible due to term limits) and Lieutenant Governor, California Attorney General, California Secretary of State, State Assembly member and possibly State Senator.

Iowa — Federal office candidates for the U.S. House; statewide elections include candidates for Governor (currently Republican Kim Reynolds), Iowa Attorney General, Iowa Secretary of State, Iowa State Representative and possibly State Senator.

Mississippi — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Republican Roger Wicker) and U.S. Representative. There will be a second election for the office of U.S. Senator on the November ballot, a nonpartisan special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Republican Thad Cochran.

Montana — The open primary ballot has candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Jon Tester) and the state's single member of the U.S. House; statewide races for Montana Supreme Court, Montana State House and possibly State Senate.

New Jersey — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez) and U.S. Representative.

New Mexico — Federal office candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich and U.S. House; state office candidates include Governor (currently Republican Susana Martinez) Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico, New Mexico Attorney General, New Mexico Secretary of State, Supreme court and New Mexico State Representative.

South Dakota — Federal office candidates for U.S. House and state office candidates for Governor (currently Republican Dennis Daugaard), South Dakota Attorney General, South Dakota Secretary of State, Supreme Court, State Senate, State House and a few ballot measures.

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Special Elections in 2018

We've got seats and statehouses to flip! Democrats have flipped more than 40 seats in special legislative elections across the country, let's keep the momentum. If you vote in any of these Congressional or State House Districts, your vote can be the difference! Turnout for Special Elections tend to be very low and just a few votes — such as yours — can be key.

Voting is simple. Go to to request a ballot. Fill out the form, then print it, sign it and send it to your election official.

 

California State Senate 32 — August 7

Vote for Democrat Vanessa Delgado     for State Senate to represent this East Los Angeles district. 

VOTER REGISTRATION postmarked by JULY 23 (online, fax or mail)
Check voter registration online: California Secretary of State website
BALLOT REQUEST received by JULY 31 (email, fax or mail)
RETURN BALLOT sent by AUGUST 7 (fax or mail)
⚠️DON'T WAIT FOR YOUR BALLOT ANY LONGER!
VOTE today with the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)   find out how...

 

 

Ohio Special Federal — U.S. Representative, 12th Congressional District — August 7

A district that stretches north and east of Columbus, #OH12 covers voters from Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Marion, Morrow, Muskingum, and Richland counties. The seat became vacant with the resignation of Representative Patrick J. Tiberi in January. The Republican nominee is a big Trump supporter.

Join #TeamDanny and help flip this seat with your vote for Democrat Danny O’Connor.    

Ballots will be sent by June 23 to eligible voters with valid request on file.

VOTER REGISTRATION received by JULY 9 (email, fax or mail)
BALLOT REQUEST received by noon on AUG 4 (email, fax or mail)
RETURN BALLOT postmarked by AUG 6 (and received by FRI AUG 17) (must mail)
You can VOTE with the Backup Ballot (FWAB) anytime after sending the Registration/Request form   find out how...

 

 

Arkansas State Senator — August 14

The seat became vacant following the resignation of Republican Jake Files after pleading guilty to federal charges of wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering.

VOTER REGISTRATION postmarked by JULY 15 (must mail)
BALLOT REQUEST received by AUGUST 7 (email, fax or mail)*
*submission by email or fax is new this year in some counties, please contact your Local Election Official to confirm if they will accept the form by Email or Fax. You can find contact information here: www.votefromabroad.org/ElectionOfficialDirectory
RETURN BALLOT postmarked by AUGUST 14 (must mail)

 

 

All times listed are local to the state.

*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.


May 22 State Primaries

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.

 

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May 15 State Primaries

Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon and Pennsylvania

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

Overseas voters can participate in the 2018 Democratic Primary Elections and impact the ideological direction of the party through the nomination of candidates. 

  • Idaho — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently held by Republican Butch Otter), Lieutenant Governor, Idaho Secretary of State, Attorney General, Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Court of Appeals, Idaho State Representative, possibly Idaho State Senate. In Idaho, the Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in its primary; the Republican Party allows only voters registered with its party. Idaho has a Republican trifecta since 1995! 
  • Nebraska — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Republican Deb Fischer) and U.S. Representative; statewide races for Governor (currently held by Republican Pete Ricketts), Nebraska Secretary of State, Attorney General, Nebraska Supreme Court, possibly Nebraska State Senate. Nebraska has a Republican trifecta since 2017
  • Oregon — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election* candidates for Governor (currently held by Democrat Kate Brown), Oregon Supreme Court, Oregon Court of Appeals, member of the Oregon House of Representatives, possibly Oregon State Senate. Oregon has a Democratic trifecta since 2013.
  • Pennsylvania — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Bob Casey) and U.S. Representative; and statewide election* candidates for Governor (currently held by Democrat Tom Wolf), Lieutenant Governor, Pennsylvania State Representative, possibly Pennsylvania State Senate.
  • PA House District 48 & 178 (General) — Special primary election to choose candidates for the August 7 Special Election.

 

*Overseas voters from Oregon and Pennsylvania who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

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.

 

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May 8 State Primaries

Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia

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

  • Ohio — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown) and U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for Governor (currently Republican John Kasich), Lieutenant Governor, Ohio Secretary of State, Attorney General, Ohio Supreme Court, Treasurer and Auditor of State, Ohio House and possibly Ohio State Senate. Ohio has an open primary. May 8 election includes a statewide vote on ballot measure Ohio Issue 1: Redistricting Procedures Amendment to create a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts. learn more
  • Ohio's 12th Congressional District — Special primary election to choose candidates for the August 7 Special Election.
  • Indiana — Primary ballot has federal election candidates for U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, currently the only Democrat to hold statewide office in Indiana), and U.S. House of Representative; statewide election* candidates for Indiana House of Representatives and possibly Indiana State Senate. Indiana has an open primary. Indiana has a Republican trifecta since 2017
  • North Carolina — Primary ballot lists federal election candidates for U.S. Representative; statewide election candidates for North Carolina State Senator and North Carolina Representative. North Carolina has a hybrid primary.
  • West Virginia — Primary ballot includes federal election candidates for the U.S. Senate (incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin) and U.S. Representative; statewide races for West Virginia House of Delegates and possibly State Senate. West Virginia has a hybrid primary.
  • Harrison and Monongalia County, WV voters may participate in a pilot program to use a mobile app to receive and return your primary election ballot. To participate, select "email/online" as your preferred method to receive the ballot. Your election official should be in touch with instructions.

 

*Overseas voters from Indiana who indicate they "intend to return" are eligible to vote in state and local elections and ballot measures.

Learn more about Ohio Issue 1:

Open primary – an election in which registered voters need not be members of a party to vote for the party's nominee.

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

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.

 

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