Did you know that U.S. citizens can exercise their constitutional right to vote from anywhere? Whether serving in the military or living overseas, Americans can cast their vote in state and federal elections by following a few easy steps:

  1. Start early! Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website to get started: FVAP.GOV.  From here voters can connect to their state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.
  2. Register to vote: Confirm you are registered to vote in your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually, so you may need to re-register.
  3. Request Your Ballot: Most states allow registered voters to request ballots through their state election portals. The FVAP website also gives voters the option to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). 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 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 form. Whichever method you choose to request your ballot, we encourage voters to select electronic delivery whenever possible (by email, internet download, or fax). This is the fastest way to get your ballot, and ensures you have time to complete and return it before your state’s deadline.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 U.S. Embassy Vilnius’ diplomatic pouch. Voting materials require no additional U.S. postage if sent via diplomatic pouch.

To mail via diplomatic pouch, drop off your completed ballot(s) to the American Citizens Services section during the hours below at the following address:

U.S. Embassy Vilnius
Akmenu 6
Vilnius, LT-03106

Telephone: +370 5 266 5600

Hours: Monday – Thursday, from 1 – 4 p.m.

Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.  Additionally, it can take several weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent through the embassy.  Expedited mailing and tracking are not available.  Voters are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly. Ballots received by 4 p.m. will be postmarked on the day of receipt and forwarded but you may want to consider using a courier service if submitting your ballot close to your state’s deadline.

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.  For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).

Remember, your vote counts