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Message for U.S. Citizens: Overseas Absentee Voting for U.S. Citizens
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February 8, 2024

Event: VOTING IN 2024 U.S. FEDERAL ELECTIONS

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. federal elections for the House of Representatives and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot that is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2024 federal U.S. elections:

  1. Request your ballot. Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2024, to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2024 elections.  Submitting 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.  All local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.  You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to request your blank ballots be delivered electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.  The online voting assistant will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original ink signature.  If you must return a paper version, please follow the same instructions below for returning your ballot.
  2. Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and generally send ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
  3. Return your completed ballot.  While some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically, others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through U.S. Embassy Lima’s diplomatic pouch.

Diplomatic Pouch:  The diplomatic pouch option provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility.  You will need to place your ballot in a postage-paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.  Please note that this service is available for U.S.-bound mail only; the U.S. Embassy cannot receive a paper ballot on your behalf.  You may drop off your completed ballot and/or voter registration cards at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizens Services entrance (Avenida La Encalada Cuadra 17, Santiago de Surco, Lima).  Drop off hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday- Friday, except for U.S. and Peruvian holidays.  Please note that it can take up to a month for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch.  Please plan accordingly if you select this option. 

Research candidates and issues.  Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues.  FVAP regularly sends information about election dates and deadlines through their Voting Alerts.  Email vote@fvap.gov to subscribe or follow FVAP on Facebook or Twitter. 

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Lima’s Voting Assistance Officer at +1-51-1-618-2000 or VoteLima@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!