How to vote in the 2016 US Presidential Election from abroad

Relocate Global’s guide to voting in the 2016 Presidential Election, for US citizens living and working abroad.

Whether you plan to vote for the Democratic Party’s Hillary Clinton or the Republican Party’s Donald Trump, or a third-party candidate like the progressive Green Party’s Jill Stein or the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, no matter where you are in the world, you are eligible to vote in the 2016 US Presidential election. In this crucial election, votes from abroad can make all the difference.

However, you must act quickly.  Most experts state that you should register to vote and request your ballot at least 90 days before the election – so your request must be postmarked by Monday, 8 August, 2016. (Although some states have a 30-day deadline for requesting your absentee ballot, you should plan on using the extra time to post your ballot.)

Steps to register to vote in the upcoming US Presidential Election:

  1. Request a ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form from the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.  The site has an online assistant that will “walk you through completion of the form and provides a populated fillable PDF”.
  2. Once you have completed the online registration form for your US election ballot, make sure to print and sign the form.
  3. Post the form to your local election office.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) was set up to ‘ensure that US military service members and their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so – from anywhere in the world’.