Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2024 U.S. Federal Elections

VOTING IN 2024 U.S. FEDERAL ELECTIONS

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. 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.

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2024 federal U.S. elections:

1. Request your ballot. Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2024 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2024 elections.  Submitting 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.  All local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to request your blank ballots be delivered electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.  The online voting assistant will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original ink signature.  If you must return a paper version, please follow the same instructions below for returning your ballot.

2. Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and generally send ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

3. Return your completed ballot.  While some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically, others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.  Place your ballot in a postage-paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.

U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03, 70403-900 – Brasilia, DF.  Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  For additional information please contact Brasilia’s Voting Assistance Officer at votebrasilia@state.gov.

U.S. Consulate General São Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant 500, Chacara Santo Antonio, 04709-110 – Sao Paulo, SP.  Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For additional information please contact São Paulo’s Voting Assistance Officer at votesaopaulo@state.gov.

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Presidente. Wilson, 147 – (use the entrance located at the corner of Rua Mexico/Rua Santa Luzia streets) Centro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 20030-020, Brazil.  Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment on Monday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. To arrange for a drop off a ballot outside of those hours or for additional information, please contact Rio de Janeiro’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteRiodeJaneiro@state.gov

U.S. Consular Agency Salvador
Avenida Tancredo Neves, 1632, Suite 1401, Salvador Trade Center, Torre Sul – Caminho das Árvores, Salvador – BA, 41820-020, Brazil.  To schedule an appointment to drop off your ballot, please email salvadoracs@state.gov

U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163, Bairro Boa Vista, 50070-125 – Recife, PE.  Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For additional information please contact Recife’s Voting Assistance Officer at voterecife@state.gov.

U.S. Consular Agency Fortaleza
Torre Santos Dumont, Avenida Santos Dumont, 2828, Suite 708 – Aldeota 60150-162 – Fortaleza, CE.  To schedule an appointment to drop off your ballot, please email fortalezaacs@state.gov.

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889, Passo d’Areia, 91010-004 – Porto Alegre, RS.  Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment on Monday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. To arrange for a drop off a ballot outside of those hours or for additional information, please contact Porto Alegre’s Voting Assistance Officer at voteportoalegre@state.gov.

U.S. Consular Agency Manaus
Edifício Atrium, Rua Franco de Sá 310 – Sala 306, Sao Francisco, 69079-210 – Manaus, AM.  To schedule a time to drop off your ballot, please email acsmanaus@state.gov.

You can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

Research candidates and issues.  Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues.  FVAP regularly sends information about election dates and deadlines through their Voting Alerts.  Email vote@fvap.gov to subscribe or follow FVAP on Facebook or Twitter.

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 your Voting Assistance Officer at:

Remember, your vote counts!