Studying or interning abroad, but still want to vote?
Consider absentee voting through Youth Vote Overseas
This year, U.S. voters will elect a President and Vice President, all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 33 members of the U.S. Senate. Find your candidates who are running for office in your district and research them. As an overseas voter, you need to submit a new voter registration application every calendar year.
If you are studying or interning abroad and still want to vote in the general election on Nov. 6, check for your absentee voter registration deadlines at Youth Vote Overseas, an initiative of Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) charitable organization..
1. Get Your Bearings
Many voter registration deadlines are soon. Each state has its own deadlines, so check Youth Vote Overseas’ General Election Deadline Chart to find out when your voter registration application must be received by your local election official.
Register to vote/ request your ballot today. It’s easy: just go to Youth Vote Overseas, click on “Register to Vote” and let the streamlined voter registration wizard take you through 4 easy steps. You’ll be prompted for the information required by your state. Don’t forget to print, sign, and mail the form to your local election official! The YVO wizard automatically provides you with this address.
2. Commit to Voting This Year
Follow up with your local election official to be sure the application was received and approved. You may also be able to track your registration/ballot request online. You can find the contact information for your local election official in YVO Election Official Directory.
Once you have received the blank ballot from your election office, return your voted ballot immediately, well in advance of your state’s election deadline. If your ballot does not arrive in time, use the emergency backup ballot (FWAB), the Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot (FWAB).
Need additional help? Use Youth Vote Overseas’ Voter Help Desk service.
3. Make Voting a Lifetime Habit
The small amount of time required for voting is well worth the investment. Voting can be an integral part of your life, wherever you are in the world.