American living abroad and interested in voting absentee for President? To register and request your ballots,
to start the voting process. It only takes a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted, no matter where you are in the world. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.
Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad
Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. In 2014, an estimated 8.7 million U.S. citizens lived overseas. According to USA today, “As many as 30,000 of the 300,000 U.S. Citizens living in Israel voted in previous presidential elections, 10/31/12”
If you are a US citizen 18 years or older and reside outside the United States, you may vote absentee in the 2016 U.S. Primaries and General Elections. Registration requirements vary from State to State. The best time to register to vote/request an absentee ballot is January of each year, or at least 90 days before Election Day. Depending on the state, some will allow you to register while 17 years old if you are 18 by the election, others require that you are 18 when you register.
Citizens residing outside the U.S. may not arbitrarily choose which State to declare as their legal voting residence. Your "legal State of residence" for voting purposes is the address where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the U.S., not where you last voted. This residence remains valid even though you may no longer own property, or have other ties to your last State residence, and your intent to return to that State may be uncertain.
Never resided in the U.S.? As of this writing, 37 states* allow U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, who were born abroad, but have never resided in the United States to be eligible to vote absentee. Voting address in the United States will be the last U.S. residence of a U.S. citizen parent. States vary in their voter registration identification requirements, and most commonly those are 1) the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN); 2) a valid state driver's license.
*(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington (State), West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming)
If you have any questions, AACI member, Andee Goldman, will be happy to help.