Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections!
In order to vote in the November 2022 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2022. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.
Drop off your completed Federal Post Card Application, voting forms, and ballots at the U.S. Consulate to be sent free of charge through the diplomatic pouch to the United States. Voting assistance and voting material drop off is available every Monday through Friday between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., except on public holidays. Please email the U.S. Consulate’s American Citizen Services unit at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a walk-in appointment.
Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Follow a few simple steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections:
- Register to vote: Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually, so you may need to re-register. Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.
- Request Your Ballot:: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives), including primaries and special elections, during the calendar year in which it is submitted. FPCA forms (PDF 228 KB) that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory. FVAP’s easy online assistant can assist you with completing the FPCA.
Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option to receive your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
- Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
- Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau’s diplomatic pouch. The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service for voting materials from embassies and consulates to a U.S. Postal Service sorting facility, where it will be delivered via USPS to the proper local election authorities.
To ensure delivery, your ballot must be sealed in a postage-paid return envelope or in an envelope with sufficient U.S. postage. No postage can be purchased at the U.S. Consulate, though it can be purchased online at usps.com.
It can take a fewweeks for mail to reach its destination if sent via diplomatic pouch. All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly. The U.S. Consulate will receive and forward every ballot, but you may want to consider using an international courier service if submitting your ballot close to or after the stated delivery time for diplomatic pouch mail.
If you plan to use the diplomatic pouch, ballots can be dropped off to the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong between 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on public holidays. Please email email@example.com to arrange a walk-in appointment. Please note that all visitors to the Consulate are subject to security screening and you cannot bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (firstname.lastname@example.org). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau’s Voting Assistance Officer via email at email@example.com or via telephone at +852 2841-2211.
Remember, your vote counts!