Haven’t received your official ballot yet? Use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup. 

It’s Time to Vote!

Here are a few tips on using the backup ballot:

  1. Check your state’s guidelines for sending your FWAB. You may be able to mail, fax, or email your backup ballot.
  2. If your state allows you to fax or email your FWAB, use the Transmission Cover Sheet to protect the privacy of your materials.
  3. If you’re mailing your FWAB, use a security envelope to seal your backup ballot. Print directly on a blank envelope, or print and tape to an envelope.
  4. If you receive your official ballot after you’ve sent the FWAB, you can vote, sign, and send that by your state’s deadline as well. Only one ballot will be counted.

Your state may have tools to check the status of your ballot to make sure it was received. Select your state at FVAP.gov and click “Check the status of your voted ballot.” Note that you will be directed off of the FVAP website and to your state’s page.

Fill out the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB)


FVAP Ambassadors in Rome, London, and Frankfurt are hosting virtual voting assistance hours to answer outstanding questions ahead of Election Day. Click the links below to join: 


Oct. 27; 12:00-13:00 CEST (Passcode: 006993)

Nov. 3; 12:00-13:00 CEST (Passcode: 624842)


Oct. 28; 13:00-14:00 BST (Passcode: 275466)

Nov. 4; 13:00-14:00 BST (Passcode: 782918)


Oct. 25; 12:00-13:00 CEST (Passcode: 371778)

Nov. 1; 12:00-13:00 CEST (Passcode: 681914)