Voter Help Desk
What if I'll only be overseas for part of the election year?

Even if you are overseas temporarily, if you know you will be away during an election and you know your overseas address, you can file a Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form in order to request that an absentee ballot be sent to you overseas.

You can use our website to generate your Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form - either before you leave or when you arrive overseas. You will have an opportunity to enter "Additional Information" during the registration process, and at that point you can explain that you plan to return at a certain date, if that is the case, and from that date you would like to revert back to your local voting status. The information you enter will print on an Addendum Page that you will sign and send with your form.

When you return to the U.S., in order to make sure that your next ballot does NOT get sent overseas, you will have to be sure to contact your local election office and tell them to take you off the voter rolls as an "overseas voter" and change your status to a domestic, local voter. You may be required to file a new domestic voter registration form which you can do with the services at U.S. Vote Foundation, found at

Contact information for your local election office can be found in the Election Official Directory on our website.

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