Every Vote Counts

U.S. Midterm Elections, Tuesday, November 6, 2018


To return your voted ballots, please check the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website page for state voting instructions.


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.  Use the French Post Office: You may place your ballot in a properly addressed envelope, bearing sufficient French postage, and mail it from any French post office.

Didn’t receive your ballot?  Go to for information on completing the Federal Write In Absentee Ballot.


If you have not registered to vote from overseas

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.
  1. 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.
  2. Go to Voters Start Here and complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) online, or by using the fillable form.
  3. Return the FPCA to your U.S. board of elections per the instructions on the website. will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to 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.
  4. 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.

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 (  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the Voting Assistance Officer in:

Paris at:

Strasbourg at: 

Marseille at:

Remember, your vote counts!  

Be absent but accounted for! 

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