The Federal Voting Assistant Program provides the opportunity for U.S citizens overseas to vote by submitting the Federal Postal Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA is a form you can use to vote and request absentee ballots for the year. We suggest you register earlier in the year, January, or at least 45 days prior to an election date for you to be eligible to vote. Unfortunately, you cannot vote at the U.S Embassy for any election.
FVAP has also published a website on COVID-19’s effects on the upcoming election: www.fvap.gov/covid-19.
To vote outside the United States please follow steps below:
1. Enter the Federal Voting Assistant Program website: FVAP.GOV
2. To register and request an absentee ballot, select “Request and Absentee Ballot”.
3. Select the state where you reside and are registered to vote within the United States, or the state you last resided in.
4. Select your jurisdiction. This is the county of your current or previous residence. Election officials use your residence address to determine if you are eligible to vote absent, for which positions and candidates you are eligible to vote, and to send you the appropriate ballot and election dates for your constituency. Your address is valid even if you no longer have properties or other links with this state, if your intention to return is uncertain, or if your previous address is no longer a recognized address.
5. Complete all required fields
6. Provide your current overseas address to receive your voting materials.
7. Review information inputted before printing FPCA
8. Print the Federal Postal Card Application and the envelope to send by mail. The envelope is recommended if you will use postal mailing.
9. Sign and date the application
10.Send your Federal Postal Card Application to your corresponding local election office. Most states will let you submit application electronically, but postal mailing is also an option.
If you requested your absentee ballot and haven’t received it from your state at least 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. This backup ballot can be completed using our FWAB online assistant, by filling out the PDF or picking up a hard copy version from your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. The online assistant will guide you through the process of completing the form. Once you complete the form, you will be able to download and print the PDF package to sign and send to your election office. This PDF package even includes a pre-addressed and postage-paid label so you don’t have to worry about finding stamps! Don’t forget a security envelope. (Use a separate blank envelope and write “Security Envelope” on it and place your voted ballot in it. This keeps your vote private.)
If you require assistance completing the absentee ballot registration and application process, or you simply need to mail your FPCA, FWAB or ballot, please visit the American Citizens Services Unit at the United States Embassy in El Salvador for assistance Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistant Program directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact the American Citizens Services Unit through our email address ACSSanSal@state.gov or call us at 2501-2999 option 1.
For more information on state-by-state, federal election mailing dates, please visit FVAP.gov
NOTE: There is no voting at the Embassy or the American Citizen Services unit on the Election Day. While we are happy to provide voter assistance, please note that it is not possible for U.S. citizens in El Salvador to vote at the U.S. Embassy in federal, state or local elections. You must use the absentee voting process, if you’re planning on voting from El Salvador.