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August 1 Overseas American Voter Reminder

The FVAP recommends Americans living overseas submit their forms to vote in the 2020 Election by August 1

Published on July 31, 2020

Ahead of 2020 US Presidential and Congressional Elections, it's important that overseas Americans who want to vote submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Americans abroad need to submit an FPCA every year as absentee voters, whether it's their first time voting or they've previously been registered. August 1 marks the 'soft deadline' that the FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) use to encourage Americans to send their FPCA in as soon as possible to avoid delays and any complications, this year in particularly, caused by disruption to international delivery due to Covid-19.

As the FVAP highly recommends you submit your FPCA by August 1, here's how you can act today

1. Get an FPCA form

You can find the FPCA form on the FVAP's website to download and print. Here's the link: www.fvap.gov/fpca-privacy-notice

2. Fill in the FPCA

The FPCA form is mostly straightforward - you'll just need to print it out, fill it out and sign it. If you have any questions, the FVAP are active on social media and by e-mail, here's how to contact them:

Twitter: @FVAP
Facebook: >DoDFVAP
E-mail: vote@fvap.gov

3. Mail it

Completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, can be mailed free via the US Embassy in London, Mondays to Friday between 8am and 5pm. There is a mailbox next to the consular entrance to the Embassy where you can post your form. Normal transit time for mail from the Embassy to reach the US postal system is around 10-14 days.

Alternatively, you can post your ballot by Royal Mail. If you can afford it, it may be best to opt for a secure or speedy delivery option (such as International Tracked and Signed) which Royal Mail say they aim to post in 5 to 7 working days. More details can be found at www.royalmail.com/sending/international/country-guides/usa

4. Any questions?

If you have any questions or uncertainties around the process, you can contact us at The American by e-mailing editor@theamerican.co.uk, and we'll do our best to help, or you can go to the FVAP website - www.fvap.gov.

You can also find more information on the voting process via the US Embassy in London's website, here's the link: uk.usembassy.gov/august-1st-voting-registration-reminder/

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