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January 24, 2024

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2024 U.S. Federal Elections

 

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. federal elections for the House of Representatives and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot that is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2024 federal U.S. elections:

  1. Request your ballot. Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2024 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2024 elections.  Submitting the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.  All local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to request your blank ballots be delivered electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.  The online voting assistant will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original ink signature.  If you must return a paper version, please follow the same instructions below for returning your ballot.

 

  1. Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and generally send ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
  2. Return your completed ballot.  While some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically, others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Place your ballot in a postage-paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.For voters in Barbados, you may drop your ballot at the American Citizen Services window of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Wildey, Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to noon, except holidays.

 

For voters who live in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Barth’s, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, the Collectivity of Saint Martin, or St. Vincent & the Grenadines, you must place your postage-paid envelope addressed to your local election officials inside another envelope addressed to the U.S. Embassy Barbados and send via courier or mail to the address below.  The American Citizen Services team will mail ballots it receives via Diplomatic Post Office.

U.S. Embassy Barbados

Attn American Citizen Services

Wildey Business Park

St. Michael BB 14006

Barbados, W.I.

 

You can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

 

Research candidates and issues.  Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues.  FVAP regularly sends information about election dates and deadlines through their Voting Alerts.  Email vote@fvap.gov to subscribe or follow FVAP on Facebook or Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Embassy Barbados Voting Assistance Officer in American Citizen Services at +246-227-4000, or VoteBridgetown@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!