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July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections!

 In order to vote in the November 2014 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2014.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. 

 At the U.S Embassy in Panama City you can always get voting assistance or drop off there your completed voting forms and ballots during.  Our hours of operation for voting assistance matters are:  no appointment is required

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

 (No appointment is required. The section is closed on Panamanian and U.S. holidays.)

 For more information, please visit the Embassy’s Voting Assistance page or the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website.




The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allows U.S. citizens abroad to exercise their right to vote in federal elections.  Similarly, many states have enacted legislation allowing certain categories of citizens overseas to vote by absentee ballot in state or local elections. In both cases, casting an absentee ballot is a three-step process.

Step 1.  Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and request an absentee ballot from your local election officials.

Step 2.  Receive an absentee ballot from your local election officials.

Step 3.  Vote the ballot and return it to the local election officials.

If you do not receive an absentee ballot 30 days before the election, complete and submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to ensure your vote is received in time to be counted.

Getting the Forms  Both the FPCA and FWAB are available online and in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy.

Online.  The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) recommends using their online assistant to fill out the forms

At the U.S. Embassy.  Copies of the forms may be picked up in person at the Consular Section during business hours:  M-T, 0800-1230 and M, T, TH 1330-1500; F, 0800-1000.

Sending the forms  Some States allow submission of forms by e-mail or fax.  You may also mail your completed forms free of charge through State Department Mail by bringing them to the Consular Section during business hours:  M-T, 0800-1230 and M, T, TH 1330-1500; F, 0800-1000.

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