Voting: Register to Vote by Absentee Ballot


The Embassy works in coordination with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) providing information on voting registration and absentee ballots.  Information on all voting topics is available on this site.

How to Register to Vote by Absentee Ballot:

  1. You will be registering to vote by absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application Form (FPCA). This form MUST be signed, dated and sent to your county board of elections in the state where you last legally resided.
  2. According to your state’s guidelinesconsider asking that your ballot be sent to you electronically for faster service (see box number 5 of the FPCA).
  3. You may also be able to email or fax**this form with the accompanying Transmission Sheet to register to vote: see your state’s guidelines.   If not, you must send it by regular mail. 
  4. We suggest that you keep a hard copy of the completed FPCA for your files.
  5. Once your country board of elections receives the FPCA, they will send you your official absentee ballot.
  6. To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Registration Options:

  1. You may use the FVAP online wizard in order to register to vote by absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for all registration purposes.  OR
  2. You may download a fillable Federal Post Card Application: You will be requesting your absentee ballot by submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA-pdf).

**Faxing registrations :

  • If your county accepts faxed registrations, fax your completed, signed, dated, registration with the accompanying Transmission Sheet to .
  • FVAP’s Fax Service enables election officials to send and receive election materials by fax to and from voters at no cost. This service allows election officials to fax the materials to FVAP’s toll-free fax number, and FVAP will fax the election materials to the voter.

Once Your Ballot Arrives:

Follow the instructions carefully in order to vote and submit your ballot to your county board of elections. See transmission options here. Please contact us if you have questions.

Help! I didn’t get my Ballot:

Using the FPCA generally grants voters the ability to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)-PDF as a backup ballot, if needed. This should be used if your official state ballot does not arrive in time for the general election on November 3. 

If you have NOT received your official ballot, complete the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)-PDF and send it directly to your county board of elections according to your state’s options. If your official ballot arrives as well, complete it and send it to your county.  Your vote will only be counted once.

If you need to find the names of candidates running for office, go to

Have Questions? Need help?

You can get online or in-person assistance from our Embassy and Consulate Voting Assistance Officers. If you have any questions about casting your ballot or registering to vote by absentee ballot, please contact the:

  • U.S. Embassy Paris Voting Assistance Officer at . Your email will be answered within 24 hours, weekdays, except on holidays.
  • If you still have questions, call the Embassy voting information phone line weekdays, except on holidays, from 11am to 6pm.  Please dial; if your call is not answered immediately, please leave your name and telephone number.  We will call you back as soon as possible.
  • US Consulate General, Marseille at:
  • US Consulate General, Strasbourg at:
  • You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Important Notes:

Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Please do not send any voting materials to the Embassy by mail.  They may be opened and so disqualified by local election officials

Current information concerning the absentee voting process is available on our website at: and

Updated on October 21, 2020