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September 30, 2022

**Your Vote Matters; Make Your Vote Count**

  • Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world. Overseas voters who are eligible to vote can participate in all general, primary, and special elections for federal offices.


  • Fast: Most U.S. citizens can complete the voter registration and ballot request application online in a matter of minutes. Register to vote in just a few quick clicks or taps, wherever you are in the world.


  • Easy: It’s never been easier to get information on the voting process for each state. U.S. citizens can go to FVAP.gov/citizen-voter to select their state from a U.S. map. Most states have options for voters to register and request ballots online. Some states also have options for eligible voters to submit registration forms and return voted ballots by email or fax.


  • Anywhere: U.S. citizens can vote from anywhere they roam. Voters can mail their completed and signed ballots using the local country’s international postal service or drop off the completed ballot package at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, and we’ll get it to the U.S. Postal Service for delivery to your election office.


  • FVAP.gov has useful tools to help U.S. voters get information on their state’s absentee voting process as well as access to online assistants and printable PDF forms to register and request ballots.
  • U.S. citizen voters should ensure they sign their absentee ballot before sealing it in the mailing envelope. Unsigned ballots will be rejected by local election officials.




**Make a Plan; Vote Early**


If you do not plan to be in the United States to vote in-person, please consider any of the following options to get your ballot to your Board of Elections:


  1. Private couriers such as DHL or Fed-Ex,
  2. Submission of ballots by email or fax if your precinct allows, or
  3. Voting by proxy, if permissible – check the rules and restrictions of where you are registered.


For those of you in Barbados or the Eastern Caribbean, you can make an appointment via email with the Embassy’s American Citizen Services for any of the following services:


  1. You can drop off your completed ballot, which will be mailed back to the United States free of charge.
  2. You can pick up and fill out the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot, which works as a back-up ballot if there isn’t enough time to receive and send back your ballot before the election.  We will mail this for you.


Should you opt to mail your ballot via the Embassy’s Diplomatic Pouch and Mail Service, please plan to submit it by Monday, October 24, 2022, to ensure that your ballot is received by your voting district in time. After October 24, we can no longer guarantee it will be received by November 8 to be counted.


To schedule an appointment to drop off your ballot, or if you have additional inquiries, please email: BridgetownACS@state.gov