Andee Goldman
Overseas Voting Consultant

Americans living or studying abroad

If you are an American living or studying overseas, you can make a BIG difference in the 2024 Federal Election.


Nearly 3 million US citizens living abroad can vote absentee. OUT OF THE 2.8

American living or studying overseas can make a BIG difference in the 2024 Federal Election.

MILLION OVERSEAS CITIZENS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE, ONLY 3.4% VOTED IN 2022.  Why such a low number? If you are an American living or studying overseas, you can make a BIG difference in the 2024 Federal Election.  Your vote counts!

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many US federal elections for the House of Representatives and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot that is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” Abraham Lincoln

Your vote counts!

  • No matter how long you have lived outside of America.
  • No matter if you never voted before
  • No matter if you were born overseas to American parents. 39 states allow you to vote based on your parents last address in America

What are candidates for Congress saying about voting from abroad?

“American voters, based in the United States and abroad, must remember that each election is a chance to reaffirm our values. Every time we cast a ballot, we make a choice about the country we want to see and the type of future we want to invest in for our children. We have the opportunity to make our voices heard as we vote to protect our democracy, our basic freedoms, and our leadership in the world.” Mondaire Jones, former member of Congress and 2024 Candidate in New York’s 17th Congressional District.

“During my 30 years in the U.S. Military, I deployed to 10 different foreign countries. I didn’t always vote when I was overseas. I wish I had. It is more important than ever that Americans abroad vote. You are some of the most informed voters in the world. We need your voices heard!  Please vote.”  Colonel Mark Robertson, Candidate for Nevada’s First Congressional District


Are you ready to vote?  It is a lot easier than you think. Each state has its own guidelines and deadlines.

Upcoming elections for federal office from *Dates subject to change.  

May 2024:  May 7thIndiana, May 14th: Maryland, Nebraska, Nebraska, North Carolina, West Virginia, May 21stCalifornia, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, May 28thTexas

June 2024: June 4th: District of Columbia, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, June 11th: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, June 18thGeorgia, Oklahoma, Virginia, June 25th: Colorado, New York, South Carolina, Utah

July 2024:  July 30thArizona

August 2024: August 1stTennessee, August 6thKansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington, August 10thHawaii, August 13th: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin, August 20th: Alaska, Florida, Wyoming, August 27thOklahoma

A total of 468 seats in the US Congress (33 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) and President of the United States  are up for election on November 5, 2024. Ahead of the elections, Republicans hold a majority in the US House, while Democrats and independents who caucus with Democrats hold a majority in the US Senate.

Your vote counts!  Make sure that you can vote in the 2024 federal US elections!!

Register and request your ballot by your state’s dead

Register and request your ballot by your state’s deadline. REQUEST YOUR BALLOT TO BE EMAILED.  Your voting address is your last address in America.  You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant at to walk you through each section of the form.

After you finish filling out the FPCA, print it, sign it, and send it to your election office. Most states accept the FPCA by email or fax while some require it by mail. Check your state-specific guidelines at

  • Ballots are emailed 45 days prior to the election. Once you receive your requested absentee ballot, vote and return it as soon as you get it. Remember to carefully follow the instructions, especially if a “security envelope” is required, and sign the package as indicated when returning it.

To save time, send voted ballots electronically if allowed by state law. Voters  can check if  their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email, fax, or via an online portal at

  • If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) immediately at It acts as a backup ballot. If your official state absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot, too. Only one will be counted.
  • To ensure your voted ballot is received by your state, go to gov, click on your state and then the “check the status of your voted ballot” button.

To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit the contact page. You can also reach out directly to your election office for status updates on your registration and absentee ballot.

If your state requires your ballot to be returned by mail, you may consider sending your ballot by courier.  In fact, many states allow voters to send multiple sealed individual ballots (husband, wife, children, etc.) into one courier package to the same election address.  Contact your state to verify this is acceptable.  Sending by courier gives a voter the peace of mind that their ballot will be personally delivered.  Too many ballots have been returned by the USPS to voters who had correctly printed election official’s address.

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     “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.”  Sharon Salzberg

For more information or answers to your questions, contact Andee Goldman at or FVAP

About the Author
Andee Goldman moved to Israel in 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, as a nonpartisan, she has volunteered helping and encouraging Americans overseas to vote in America's Federal Elections. The 99th Congress (1985-1986) passed the bill that gives Americans overseas the right to vote 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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