Voting

Voting is Now Easier than Ever Before!

Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.

Voting in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world!  Read our guide for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections.

 Get Your Application

To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Next, print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States.

Vote Early 

It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States if mailed.  Therefore, please submit your FPCA or Absentee Ballot no later than October 2, 2020.

If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices. Most states now have voter registration verification websites, and many offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.

Repeat Voting

IMPORTANT NOTE: States are no longer required to automatically send ballots to voters for an entire election cycle so everyone who wants to vote in U.S. elections from overseas should send in a new Federal Post Card Application in January of each year in which they intend to vote.

We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem.

IMPORTANT NOTE: States are no longer required to automatically send ballots to voters for an entire election cycle so everyone who wants to vote in U.S. elections from overseas should send in a new Federal Post Card Application in January of each year in which they intend to vote.

For more information and guidance, please visit FVAP.gov

Missed the U.S. Embassy shipment deadline? 

Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state.  Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 3 prior to payment and shipment.  Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax

 Review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov carefully for guidance.

Returning your Ballot by International Mail Delivery

If using Nepal’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.  Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines, so you may need to consider another method.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING.  Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting.  Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot.  Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Have Questions?  Please contact Kathmandu’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteKathmandu@state.gov or reach us during business hours at 01-423-4000.  You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing Vote@FVAP.gov or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.

(Updated September 2020)