Voter Help Desk
 
When will you send my ballot?
 

Your local election office in the United States is the one that sends out the absentee ballots to overseas and uniformed services voters. The absentee ballots should be sent out to voters 45 days before the election for those who have already submitted their Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request forms for that election year.

If you are expecting an absentee ballot that doesn't arrive, the first question to consider is whether or not you submitted your Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form to your local election official earlier that year.

Our website helps you to generate a completed Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form which then has to be downloaded, printed, signed, and sent to your local election office in the United States. Entering your data and saving it in a Voter Account is not sufficient. When you download the completed form to your computer, the file will contain instructions regarding where to send your completed and signed form.

One way to check if you have submitted your Registration and Ballot request form is by going to the State Voting Requirements page on our website. Once there, input your state, click the tab labeled “State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s My Ballot?”,  and then click the link next to “Where is my Ballot”. 

If the above suggestion does not give you an affirmative answer, please call your election office to check on the status of your ballot. You can find your local election office’s contact information by going to the Election Official Directory, inputting your state and region, and clicking on the “Election Official Contact Details” tab. 

If you are ultimately unable to obtain your ballot, please fill out the form for the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) which is available here on our website. 

Note: If you send in a FWAB, and then receive your regular ballot from your election office, you should still complete the ballot and send it in. This is an allowable practice and does not equal voting twice. Always return your ballot – (even if it is unmarked and enclosed with a note as to why!)

If you have not yet sent in your form and the deadline hasn't passed, please go to the Register to Vote / Absentee Ballot page on our website and start the process to generate the form. If you have a Voter Account, you can log into your account and print the form from there – note that you do not need a Voter Account to register. Once you have completed your form, please download, print, sign, and send it to the address provided in the instructions that will print with your form. 

Please note that there are deadlines for submitting the Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form - you can find the deadlines on our website on the Election Dates & Deadlines page. 

 

 

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