Voting

If you have never voted while overseas before, it’s not too late. The process is easy ­– just follow these steps:

  1. Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) 

Whether you are a first-time voter or have voted absentee in past elections, complete an FPCA to receive your ballot this fall.  It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (presidential and state primaries, run-off, special, and the November general elections) during the course of the year in which you submit the FPCA.  Local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.

The online voting assistant available at FVAP.gov is an easy way to complete the FPCA.  It will ask you questions specific to your state and tell you if electronic ballot delivery is possible.  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 to take advantage of electronic delivery.  The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign.

  1. Submit the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

You can drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services (ACS) unit located on Calzada between L and M streets in Vedado, Havana from Monday – Thursday between 08:00 and 12:00.  Voting materials will be returned to the U.S. via diplomatic pouch and normal transit time from Cuba can take three weeks.

If it’s more convenient for you, you can have a friend or family member drop off your FPCA at the U.S. Embassy on your behalf or you can send your FPCA or ballot directly to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

  1. Receive Your Ballot

After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm online your registration and ballot delivery selection.  States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election (on or around September 24) for federal office (President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. House of Representatives) to any overseas U.S. citizen who has completed an FPCA.

  1. Return Your Ballot

As with the FPCA, you can return your voted ballot to your local election officials free of charge via the nearest embassy or consulate or mail it directly at your own expense.  If you do not receive your absentee ballot, you can return a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  Drop off your completed ballot at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Havana’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteHavana@state.gov or at 7839-4100.

You can get voting assistance or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizens Services (ACS) unit located on Calzada between L and M streets in Vedado, Havana from Monday – Thursday between 08:00 and 12:00.  Voting materials will be returned to the U.S. via diplomatic pouch and normal transit time from Cuba can take three weeks.

Remember, your vote counts!