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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 3Vote 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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