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How is COVID-19 affecting overseas voters ahead of 2020 US Presidential Election?

The FVAP have offered some timely advice on ensuring your voice is heard at this year’s election

Published on April 7, 2020

Lockdowns on both sides of the Atlantic to curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have led to disruptions in internaional mail and potential changes to election deadlines, and so the Federal Voting Assistance Programme (FVAP) are offering important advice to overseas voters on making sure they're able to vote from abroad in the upcoming 2020 US Presidential Election.

The FVAP is recommending that overseas voters:

1. Register and request your ballot through FVAP.gov: Use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov to simultaneously register and request an absentee ballot.

2. Consider asking that your ballot be sent to you electronically: Voters in countries currently experiencing, or likely to experience, mail disruptions should select an electronic option for receiving their blank ballot from their election official.

3. Consider state ballot submission alternatives: Refer to your state's instructions on FVAP.gov for available options for returning your voted ballot. Most states allow voters to submit ballots online.

The FVAP will also be regularly updating a page on their website with news and resources for voters and election officials, at https://www.fvap.gov/covid-19

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