Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it 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 2014 U.S. elections:
Registering to Vote: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (PDF 321 KB). Even if you have voted by absentee ballot in the past, you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (PDF 321 KB) to vote in the 2014 elections. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. It allows you to register to vote and to request absentee ballots for all regular, primary, run-off, and special elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) during the course of the year it is submitted in.
You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. It will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.
Receiving Your Ballot: Request Electronic Delivery! States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office (President, U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives) and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online for most states.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain via numerous websites such as Project Smart Voter. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the Internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (firstname.lastname@example.org). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter.
Returning Your Completed Ballot: Other Options. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest embassy or consulate. They must be in either postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and must also be addressed to the relevant local election officials.
Mailing guidance: If you decide to drop off your forms at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, please follow the instructions below.
Completed voting ballots must be placed in the security envelope found at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/EO/fwabsecenv.pdf and then into the mailing envelope. The template for the mailing Postage Paid envelope can be found here: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab_envelope.pdf.
U.S. citizens can drop off their postage-paid envelopes at the Embassy’s Main Access Point. Local guards there will accept appropriately packaged voting ballots from a U.S. citizen whose name is indicated on the envelope as the sender after being presented with a valid U.S. photo ID.
Note: It is acceptable for private U.S. citizens or U.S. citizens’ groups to collect FPCAs and deliver them to the Embassy on behalf of other eligible voters, as long as each FPCA is in its own U.S. postage-paid envelope. However, U.S. Citizen groups that would like to make use of this option must contact the Consular Section in advance and make a special appointment in order for one person to be able to bring group FPCAs. The Consular Section can be contacted at email@example.com.
Mailing time from Tashkent to Washington and then onward to your home state can take several weeks. Please allow ample time in order to meet your State’s deadlines for submitting voting ballots.
If it’s more convenient for you, you can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense. Please be sure to affix sufficient postage and allow sufficient time for mail delivery.
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 U.S. Embassy Tashkent’s Voting Assistance Officer at +998-71-120-54-50 or at VoteTashkent@state.gov.