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Federal Voting Assistance Program

Registering to Vote

Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (PDF 321 KB). Even if you have voted by absentee ballot in the past, you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (PDF 321 KB) to vote in the 2014 elections. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. It allows you to register to vote and to request absentee ballots for all regular, primary, run-off, and special elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) during the course of the year it is submitted in.

You can complete the FPCA online at The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. It will tell you if your state allows the FPCA  to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.

Request Electronic Delivery

States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office (President, U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives) and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online for most states.

For more information on primary elections, please visit the FVAP webpage detailing dates, runoff elections, and seats up for election.

Voting Inquiries

For questions, inquiries and assistance, please contact any of the following:

Federal Voting Assistance Program: (Available 24/7)


Telephone: 1-800-438-8683

Online Chat: Available through 

Contact us for voting assistance: 

Post Voting Officer 
ACS Chief 
Donald Steele

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