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January 29, 2024

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.

If you would like the Embassy to mail the ballot on your behalf, you can drop off your postage-paid voting materials  at the Embassy in Oslo, Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm at the main embassy entrance, Morgedalsvegen 36, 0378 Oslo.  Embassy guards will accept the FPCA or ballot envelope.  In the case of ballot envelopes, the person dropping off the envelope must present a valid identification and wait until the envelope has been scanned before leaving.  Ballots must be placed in a postage paid return envelope or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage for the ballot to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.  Please note that it may take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by the embassy. All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to follow the instructions from their own voting state and submit their forms and ballots accordingly.  Ballots will be received and forwarded whenever submitted but you may want to consider using a courier service if submitting your ballot close to or after the stated delivery time for pouch mail. 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 the U.S. Embassy in Oslo’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteOSLO@state.gov

Remember, your vote counts!

American Citizen Services
Embassy of the United States of America | Consular Section

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