Midterm Elections 2018 – Your Expat Vote Counts
This year’s midterm elections are arguably the most important in a generation. Here's how American citizens can make a difference.
The 2018 primary elections have already begun. If you live overseas you can register and request your absentee ballot with the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).
This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the US Senate are up for election. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election, as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To register and request your absentee ballot, visit fvap.gov. Complete the Federal Post Card Application ('FPCA') using the online assistant, fvap.gov/military-voter/registration-ballots. You may also use the fillable PDF, fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf or pick up a hardcopy version from the US Embassy or nearest US Consulate.
The following states have elections in the next 2 months:
May 8: Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia
May 15: Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania
May 22: Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Texas
June 5: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota
June 12: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia
June 19: Arkansas, District of Columbia
June 26: Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah
The FVAP recommends that all US citizens overseas send in a FPCA every January to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal elections in the following year.
Now is the time to update your mailing address and absentee ballot request information to reflect any changes since the 2016 general election.
Not voting in the states listed above? Find your state’s primary election dates at FVAP.gov: Select the state where you want to vote from the drop-down menu in the “Voters Start Here” box at the top left-hand side of the screen. To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit FVAP’s contact page, fvap.gov/info/contact.
Way back in September 2016 The American held a pre-election event called ElectionFest, at which US citizens could register to vote, apply for a ballot, receive the correct forms for their home state (not always an easy or obvious task!) and hand their completed absentee ballot applications to FVAP representatives, who took them back to the US to ensure they got to the right officials. It was a huge success, and a great party for Americans too, with US comedians and live music.
This September we are inviting you to PledgeFest, another event at which you can do all of the above, and find out all about how to tax-effectively donate to your favorite US charities too. Sign up for our free e-newsletter HERE and we’ll send you an invitation to PledgeFest. You’ll be the first to find out all the details as they are announced.