Thursday, April 03, 2014

Getting Ready to Vote? Registered?

 United States Consulate General Jerusalem
April 03, 2014

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters.  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it 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 2014 U.S. elections:

Registering to Vote:  Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).   Even if you have voted by absentee ballot in the past, you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote in the 2014 elections.  The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.  It allows you to register to vote and to request absentee ballots for all regular, primary, run-off, and special elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) during the course of the year it is submitted in.

You can complete the FPCA online at  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.   It will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature.


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