Voter Help Desk
Can I vote if I'm studying/living abroad?
 

If you will be studying abroad during an election, you can register to vote as an Overseas Citizen Voter on the U.S. Vote website. To do so, go to Register to Vote / Absentee Ballot and choose the Overseas type of voting.

You can also go to www.overseasvotefoundation.org to register – click on Register to Vote / Absentee Ballot to register, same as above.

A few guidelines as you complete your Overseas Vote Registration request…

  • Note that ONE single form will act to simultaneously register you to vote as an overseas voter and to request your absentee ballot.

  • When inputting your address information, please use the last address where you maintained residence for the US address section. This should be a residence that you consider to be your home address, not a temporary location. For your ballot mail-to address, use your overseas address.

  • Note that you can choose to receive your blank ballot online – this will require you to print it and post it back, however it is faster to receive it this way.

  • Your original signature on the form is important so please keep your signature consistent! It will be matched to the signature that you will later put on your ballot envelope when you return your actual ballot. Variations will result in ballot rejection.

Once your form is completed you may download, print, sign, and send your form to the Election Office Address provided with your document and instructions. Note that the form must be submitted by you. Our system does not send any documents in your name - only you can submit your own voting documents to your election office.

To see the various ways that you can submit documents to your election office, please go to our State Voting Requirements page. Once there, submit your state and click on the “Voter Materials Transmission Options” tab for further information.

If you do not get your ballot in time, you can then file the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot here at https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/FwabStart.htm .

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