All registered US voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot while studying abroad.
If you would like to vote in a U.S. election while you are studying abroad, you must register to have an absentee ballot sent to you at your local address oversees. Every state has slightly different requirements on absentee voting and you should visit the Federal Absentee Voting website for complete information.
However, follow the guidelines below to ensure that your absentee ballot is counted:
- Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website for information on the absentee registration and voting process
- Ensure that you have applied for your absentee ballot using the hard copy or on-line versions of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
- Make sure your local election official has your current mailing address
- Sign and date all election materials
- Fulfill your state's witness/notary requirements (if required)
- Ensure that your ballot or FPCA is postmarked
- Register to vote and request your ballot in a timely manner - no later than September
- Vote - mail your ballot not later than October 15th of the election year
- Use the Federal Write in Absentee Ballot if you are overseas and your State absentee ballot does not arrive in time to be mailed back by the state's deadline