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Message to U.S. Citizens: Voting Update – 2022 Primary Elections Next 90 Days – U.S. Mission to Iraq
May 5, 2022

It is time to register and request ballots for the 2022 general election, state primaries, and special elections in the United States.

You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant at www.fvap.gov/FPCA to walk through each section of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form.  After you finish filling out the FPCA, print it, sign it, and send it to your election office (see below).  Most states accept the FPCA by email or fax while some require it by mail.  Check your state-specific guidelines at www.FVAP.gov.

Upcoming elections for federal office:

The following states have elections for federal office in May:

May 2022:

May 3: Primary Elections – Ohio and Indiana
May 10: Primary Elections – West Virginia and Nebraska
May 17: Primary Elections – Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania
May 24: Primary Elections – Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia
May 24: Special Primary Election – Minnesota CD 1
May 24: Runoff Primary Election (if necessary) – Texas

June 2022 – 30 Day Notice:

June 7: Primary Elections- California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota
June 7: Special Primary Election- California US Senate
June 7: Special General Election- California CD 22
June 11: Alaska Special Primary Election- Congress At-Large
June 14: Primary Elections- Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and South Dakota
June 14: Special General Election – Texas CD 34
June 21: Runoff Primary Elections: Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia
June 21: Primary Elections- District of Columbia and Virginia
June 28: Primary Elections- Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma and Utah
June 28: Runoff Primary Elections- Mississippi and South Carolina (if necessary)

July 2022 – 60 Day Notice:

July 19: Primary Election- Maryland*
July 26: Runoff Primary Election- North Carolina
* The Maryland Primary Election was rescheduled from June 28 to July 19.

August 2022 – 90 Day Notice:

August 2: Primary Elections- Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington
August 4: Primary Election- Tennessee
August 6: Territory Primary- Virgin Islands
August 9: Primary Elections- Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin
August 9: Special General- Minnesota CD 1
August 13: Primary Election- Hawaii
August 16: Primary Elections- Alaska and Wyoming
August 16: Special General- Alaska U.S. House
August 23: Primary Elections- Florida and Oklahoma
August 27: Territory Primary- Guam

Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and 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 Baghdad’s and U.S. Consulate General Erbil’s diplomatic pouch.  The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility.  You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.

If using the diplomatic pouch, ballots can be dropped off to the American Citizen Services section as noted below:

Send by DHL courier to one of these locations

  • U.S. Embassy Baghdad
    Attention: Consular Section—ACS Unit
    Al Kindi Street
  • Baghdad, IraqU.S. Consulate General Erbil
    Attention: Consular Section
    413 Ishtar Street, Ankawa
    Erbil, Iraq

Drop off at the public Consular Entrance guard booth

  • U.S. Consulate General Erbil
    413 Ishtar Street, Ankawa
    Erbil, Iraq

Please note that all visitors to the Consulate are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.  Please note that it can take up to five weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch.  All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.

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 as noted below:


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