You can use the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) 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. 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 the next 90 days:
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 and Special Elections – Florida, Oklahoma, and New York
August 27: Territory Primary – Guam
September 6: Primary Election – Massachusetts
September 13: Primary Elections – Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
November 8: General Election
Registration and Ballot Tips
- Once you receive your requested absentee ballot, vote, and return it as soon as you get it. Remember to carefully follow the instructions, especially if a “security envelope” is required, and sign the package as indicated when returning it.
- To save time, send voted ballots electronically if allowed by state law. Voters can check if their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email, fax, or via an online portal at FVAP.gov/guide.
- If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) immediately at FVAP.gov/FWAB. It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot, too. Only one will be counted.
- Make sure the voted ballot is received by your state. Go to FVAP.gov/Guide, click on your state and then the “check the status of your voted ballot” button.
- To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit our contact page. You can also reach out directly to your election office for status updates on your registration and absentee ballot.
COVID-19 ELECTION UPDATE: FVAP is working closely with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency, and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information on possible mailing delays. Please visit FVAP.gov/COVID-19 for the latest information on any international postal disruptions or contact your installation post office. NOTE: For reference purposes, outbound mail from Mission Iraq usually takes an average of three to five weeks to reach its U.S. destination.