How do I register and request an overseas absentee ballot?

To register to vote and request your ballot, visit our Register to Vote/Absentee Ballot page and follow these simple steps:

  • Choose whether you are an overseas or military voter.
  • Fill in the necessary information at each step, continuing to the end of the US Vote data entry process.
  • Note that you can request your ballot online so that you receive it faster, but, depending on your state's Voter Materials Transmission Options, you may need to print and send it back via postal mail.
  • In most states and counties you can choose to submit your form online using our Photo-Signature Email option, eliminating the need to print, sign, scan, upload and email the form yourself.
  • If the Photo-Signature Email option is not available in your state or county, or should you choose not to use it, you will need to download, print, sign, and send your form to your local election office.
  • The address will be provided in the instructions that print with the form. Check your state's Voter Materials Transmission Options to confirm whether you can scan your form and return it by email. Be sure to click the tab for "Overseas & Military Voters."

If you are unsure of what address to use as your "last U.S. residence address," you can see the question "What address should I use when registering to vote from overseas?"

As an overseas/military voter, you should send in a new Voter Registration/Ballot Request form to your local election official every calendar year during which you would like to vote, as well as whenever you change your address. You should send this in as early as possible to ensure that you are registered in time for election day! 

Never assume that your ballot will simply be sent to you without sending in a new Voter Registration/Ballot Request formor having direct confirmation from your election official that you are on the voting rolls. Always confirm that you are on the list to receive an absentee overseas/military ballot for the upcoming election.