Can I vote in 2018’s mid-term elections from abroad?
Vote! It’s fast, it’s free, and it’s accessible.
It’s Fast: For fastest delivery, choose electronic delivery of your absentee ballot from your home state, and include an email address on your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Remember to complete a FPCA each year!
It’s Free: Return your FPCA or completed ballot to a U.S embassy or consulate for mail delivery to the United States free of charge via diplomatic pouch. Your postage-paid return envelopes are available from FVAP.gov.
It’s Accessible: U.S. citizens can drop off an FPCA or completed ballot in person at any embassy or consulate – American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit – during public hours.
VOTING IN 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS
If you are a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old and want to participate on the U.S. 2018 elections from El Salvador you must register to vote and request a voting absentee ballot.
Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may obtain your ballot by email, fax, or Internet download.
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections:
- Request your ballot
You must complete a new FPCA (Federal Post Card Application) to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2018 elections. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.
To complete Federal Post Card Application, go to FVAP.gov
You can use the online assistant to register: FVAP – Online assistant to register
Once you have registered online you must print the forms, sign the forms and finally mail the forms to the postal mailing address instructed by your state of voting residence, you will find this address in your registration form. If you prefer to use El Salvador’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient postage and allow enough time for international mail delivery.
Visit the following link to read the mailing guidelines for your form: Mailing Guidelines
You may bring in your forms or ballots to the ACS Unit for mailing back to the United States free of charge with a postage-paid envelope.
Please visit the following link to read about our contact information: General Contact Information
- Receive and Complete Your Ballot:
Once your form is received by FVAP you are registered to vote and your State will mail you a voting ballot.
States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
- Return Your Completed Ballot:
You must return your absentee ballot by mail with your vote as soon as possible. Find out about your State’s deadlines for receiving ballots and other requirements.
We also invite you to visit the following link to learn about guidelines to send your form by mail: Mailing guidelines
You may bring in your forms or ballots to the ACS Unit for mailing back to the United States free of charge with a postage-paid envelope. Please visit the following link to read about our contact information: General Contact Information
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.
For more information on state-by-state, federal election mailing dates, please visit FVAP.gov
For information on voting registration, absentee ballot requests and absentee voting, as well as web-based and printable forms, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program at FVAP.gov. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts at firstname.lastname@example.org. FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter. You can also find more information on voting overseas on the State Department webpage on overseas voting.
You may also contact the ACS Unit with your voting-related questions at ACSSanSal@state.gov
- How do I vote if I’m overseas?
U.S. citizens living and traveling overseas can vote in state primary elections. Visit: https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/registration-ballots.
- Is my vote important?
Your vote counts! Several past Senate and House races have been decided by margins smaller than the number of overseas votes.
- Do I have to mail my forms?
First-time voters may need to submit signed paper Federal Post Card App. Check state regulations here: https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/registration-ballots.
- How do I return my completed ballot?
Drop completed ballot in postage-paid envelope at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate – ACS section – during public hours.
- I am not 18 yet but will be by Election Day 2018. Can I vote?
Turning 18 before Election Day? Complete the Federal Post Card App today: https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/registration-ballots.