To U.S. Citizens in Portugal
Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections!
In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020. 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.
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 2020 U.S. elections:
NOTE: Determine your state’s ballot receipt deadline, as well as any postmarking requirements.
- 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 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: States have different dates and procedures. Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not!
If your State requires you to return your ballot by mail, you have two options:
- Drop off your ballot by mail, free of charge at the U.S. Embassy Lisbon. Place your ballot in a postage paid return envelope, addressed to the local election officials, and drop-off at the U.S. Embassy main entrance from Monday to Friday between 08.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
- Use the local post office (international CTT) and mail your ballot directly to the United States. Be sure to affix appropriate international postage.
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 (email@example.com). 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.
Contact your Voting Assistance Officer at:
- U.S. Embassy Lisbon at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- U.S. Consulate in Azores at: email@example.com
Security Procedures: For ballot drop-off at the Embassy, all visitors are subject to security screening. Ballots will be received and forwarded whenever submitted. In accordance with Portuguese Government requirements, masks are required for entry into the Embassy.
Remember, your vote counts!