Andee Goldman
Overseas Voting Consultant

Americans Abroad…ready to vote in 2016?

Did you know it’s easier to vote from overseas? It is!

That’s because you can register to vote AND request an absentee ballot in a single, simple application!

According to the U.S. State Department, in 2014, an estimated 8.7 million U.S. citizens lived overseas. (Source document: U.S. State Dept).  USA today wrote, “As many as 30,000 of the 300,000 U.S. Citizens living in Israel voted in previous presidential elections.” (Source Article: USA Today, 10/31/2012)

If you are a US citizen 18 years or older and reside outside the United States, you may vote absentee in the 2016 U.S. Primaries and General Election. Registration requirements vary by state.

  • Enjoy a streamlined absentee voting experience as a US citizen living abroad.
  • The same form works for simultaneous overseas voter registration and ballot request in all U.S. states and territories.
  • Fully compliant with federal standards for overseas absentee voting.
  • A new ballot request form must be sent in each year.

Your first step is to complete the registration and ballot request processGet started now!

Staying Overseas for More Than a Year? The federal voting law requires overseas voters to refile the official voting form each year. With US Vote, the process is much easier. Here you can create an online Voter Account to save location and address info. With a Voter Account, you can re-register each year with just a few clicks. Fill out the registration and absentee ballot request form and then follow the instructions to create your own Voter Account. Click here to establish your Voter Account now!

Never resided in the U.S.? As of this writing, 37 states* allow U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, who were born abroad, but have never resided in the United States to be eligible to vote absentee. Voting address in the United States will be the last U.S. residence of a U.S. citizen parent.
*Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington (State), West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

State Election Dates and Deadlines  – don’t miss an election!      Every State is different.   Some allow email of ballot, while others require “snail mail”.   Stay informed about your state’s election dates and deadlines, get local election contact information, and answers to your voting questions.

Until the passage of the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975, US citizens overseas could not vote in federal elections.After President Gerald Ford signed this legislation into law, citizens living abroad were permitted to cast an absentee ballot in their state of residence.

 The current law, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act was signed into law by President Reagan on August 28, 1986.

“American citizen living in Israel are proud of the democratic traditions rooted in the US. As we are also US citizens, pay taxes and have a deep and abiding love for the US (faults not withstanding) AACI encourages all US citizens in Israel to exercise their democratic right and responsibility to vote for their party and candidate of choice”.  David London,  AACI Executive Director


About the Author
Andee Goldman moved to Israel in 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, as a nonpartisan, she has volunteered helping Americans overseas to vote in America's Federal Elections. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE As an Israeli, she has become a history buff and enjoys sharing her experience and travels around Israel and the world!! Andee is available to answer your voting questions at
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