Be an active voter.
Almost all overseas U.S. citizens can vote. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now allow adult children who have never resided in the United States to vote using their parents’ state of voting residence. Details are available on the FVAP website at http://www.fvap.gov/.
Remember that your vote counts. Many U.S. elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%. All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it’s valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
Register and request a ballot. To vote, new laws require you to complete and submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) this calendar year. The FPCA allows you to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. If you haven’t yet done so, we urge you to do so now. The easiest way to complete it is online at www.FVAP.gov. Everyone should request electronic delivery of their ballot and include an email address on the application. If you don’t have a good internet connection, just come in to the Embassy during open hours and we will help you through the process. We can print and send forms for you, and help you find your state’s regulations. The important thing is that you vote!
Mailing guidance. Print out the completed FPCA and the (U.S.) postage-paid envelope. Envelopes with the postage-paid information taped-on will be thrown out by the U.S. Postal Service. Address the envelope to your local election officials. FVAP.gov will auto-propagate this information for you. You can drop off the postage-paid envelope at the Embassy and we will mail it back home for you without the need to pay international postage. There is a drop box in the Consular Section waiting area for your convenience. Please remember that even the Embassy’s mail system can take up to three weeks to arrive in the U.S. Please factor this in to your timeline, as all voting deadlines indicate the deadline for ballots to arrive to local government collection centers. Bringing your ballot to the Embassy on the day of the deadline will not ensure your vote is counted.
Security Note: Do not bring sealed envelopes to the Embassy. They will not be allowed to pass through security. Bring your ballot or registration materials and your envelope and seal it once inside.
If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Embassy Bujumbura’s Voting Assistance Officer at +257 22 20 7225, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.