Absentee Ballots

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As the November 8, 2022, midterm election approaches, U.S. Embassy Havana encourages voters overseas to return their completed ballots as early as possible. 

Eligible voters can return ballots in several ways:

  • Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax. Please check with your state election website for details.
  • If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail or a courier service such as FedEx or DHL.
  • You may also drop off completed voting materials at the U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services Section. If you are dropping it off at the embassy, place your materials in a postage paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials. To ensure you have access to the American Citizen Services section, please email us and make an appointment at acshavana@state.gov. To ensure your ballot is processed and your vote counts, U.S. Embassy Havana will accept ballots during normal duty hours in the consular section up till October 8, 2022. 

If you are an eligible voter and you wish to register to vote via absentee ballot and have not started the process, please complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which is standardized for use across the United States. The FPCA acts as both a registration and absentee ballot request form and can be completed online at: Election Forms and Materials (fvap.gov).

Any registered U.S. citizen voter who requests an absentee ballot by their state’s deadline but has not received it at least 30‑days before the election, can vote via returned Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot that can be completed using an online assistant and/or via a PDF at:  https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab2013.pdf. Overseas U.S. citizens without internet access can obtain and submit their FWAB through the American Citizen Services section during regular public hours.