STEP 1 – Request Your Ballot: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of 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 FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.
You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant to walk you through the FPCA at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state) as this is the fastest way for you to get your ballot. Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA to your election office per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state accepts the FPCA by email, mail, or fax. If you must mail your FPCA, please see below for mailing options.
STEP 2 – Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
STEP 3 – Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, then you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.
Note: You can turn in your ballots at both the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate in Vietnam, or if more convenient, you can return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense. It can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch. Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.
In Hanoi, there is a ballot box available at the Consular section – 2nd floor, Rose Garden Building, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi; Voters are welcome to drop off ballots to be returned to the United States via Embassy pouch mail. Voting assistance and ballot drop off are Monday through Thursday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
In HCMC, voters are encouraged to walk-in to drop off ballots or ask voting questions on Wednesday afternoons between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 4 Le Duan Blvd., District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.