State registration deadlines are approaching quickly.
If you have not registered to vote in the U.S. Mid-Term Elections on November 6, 2018
Voting Residence: You need a U.S. voting residence to vote by absentee ballot – even if you are only voting for federal offices. Your election office needs your exact voting residence address to determine which offices and candidates you are eligible to vote for, and to send you the appropriate ballot for your voting precinct.
Your voting residence is your address in the State in which you were last domiciled, immediately prior to leaving the United States.
This residence may remain valid even if:
- You no longer own property or have other ties to that State.
- Your intent to return to that State is uncertain.
- Your previous address is no longer a recognized residential address.
- Register and Request Your Ballot: To register to vote by absentee ballot, you may use the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s online voting assistant to guide you through the registration process.
- Go to Voters Start Here and complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) online, or by using the fillable form.
- Return the FPCA to your U.S. board of elections per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCAto be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.
- Receive and Complete Your Ballot:States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
- Return Your Voted Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials during regular business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Paris until Monday, October 15. Place your materials in the postage paid return envelope (available under “Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) and address it to your S board of elections.
- Use the French Post Office for faster service: You may place your registration/ballot in a properly addressedenvelope, bearing sufficient French postage, and mail it from any French post office.
- Need a hard copy of the Federal Post Card Application or further information? Write to VoteParis@state.gov.
- Didn’t receive your ballot? Write to VoteParis@state.gov.
Important Note: Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.
New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! – the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents. Get more information here.
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 online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (email@example.com). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and 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 the Voting Assistance Officer in:
Paris at VoteParis@state.gov
Strasbourg at: USAStrasbourg@state.gov
Marseille at: VoteMarseille@state.gov
The Consular section of the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille is offering in person assistance with absentee voting.
You can come in person to register and/or request your ballot on Friday afternoons from 14:00 to 16:00 on the following dates: September 21, September 28, and October 5. A voting assistance officer will walk you through the step-by-step process and answer your voting-related questions. To sign up, please e-mail VoteMarseille@state.gov and include your name, phone number, and preferred date. You can also call us at 01.43.12.47.85 or find all absentee voting information here: www.fvap.gov.
Remember, your vote counts!
Be absent but accounted for!