We have received quite a few questions in the last few days about voting in November’s election. Here are a few answers to your last minute voting questions. You can always reach a voting expert at VoteBerlin@state.gov, VoteFrankfurt@state.gov , or VoteMunich@state.gov
Q: I think I am registered to vote. How do I check?
Many states allow you to check your registration status online. Please go to www.FVAP.gov to check on your state’s rules and regulations for voter registration.
Q: I know I’m registered to vote, but I still haven’t received my absentee ballot. How can I vote?
You need to complete a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) and mail it to your local election official ASAP. Do not delay, as state deadlines are approaching rapidly. If you would like to mail your ballot through your nearest consular section, our mail service cannot guarantee your ballot will reach its destination by Election Day if you mail it after October 29. You can also consider also using the German post as it will be faster than the diplomatic mail. If you choose this option, please put your ballot in an entirely separate envelope and make sure you have correct postage. You can fill out a FWAB at www.FVAP.gov .
If you do receive your absentee ballot after you have submitted your FWAB, please go ahead and submit it as well. If it also reaches your local election official before your state’s deadline, they will count it and not your FWAB.
Q: What if I am not registered to vote? Is it too late?
Registration deadlines vary by state. For some states it may be too late, but others allow you to mail a registration form and an FWAB at the same time and some allow you to use the FWAB as a simultaneous registration and ballot. Please check the rules for your state at www.FVAP.gov
Lastly, please do exercise your right to vote this year. Your voice is important and needs to be heard.