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February 9, 2024


In order to vote in the next Presidential elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2024.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.

Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Follow a few simple steps to vote in the next U.S. elections:

  • Register to vote:  Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually, so you may need to re-register.  Go to gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.
  • Request Your Ballot: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives), including primaries and special elections, during the calendar year in which it is submitted. FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory.  FVAP’s easy online assistant  can assist you with completing the FPCA. Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option to receive your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
  • Receive and Complete Your Ballot:  States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
  • Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically.  This is the preferred method of ballot return, if permitted by your state.If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires’s diplomatic pouch.  The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility.  You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility.  If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax, but do not have access to a fax machine, you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only.
  • Research candidates and issues. Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues.  FVAP regularly sends information about election dates and deadlines through their Voting Alerts.  Email vote@fvap.gov to subscribe or follow FVAP on Facebook or Twitter.


If you plan to use the diplomatic pouch, drop off your completed ballots to the attention of American Citizen Services at U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Avenida Colombia 4300, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, except on holidays.  It can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch.  All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.  Ballots will be received and forwarded whenever submitted but you may want to consider using a courier service if submitting your ballot close to or after the stated delivery time for pouch mail.   U.S. citizens outside of Buenos Aires who seek to send their ballot to the embassy are encouraged to instead visit www.fvap.gov and courier the ballot directly to the state address given the timing considerations.  If forwarded to the embassy, please ensure the ballot envelope bears sufficient U.S. postage or is postage paid.  The embassy will forward the ballot onwards to the United States via diplomatic pouch; however, this is the least preferred method for the return of ballots given the time required to reach Buenos Aires and then to forward on to the United States.

The embassy address is:

U.S. Embassy Argentina
Consular Section – ACS
Ave. Colombia 4300
1425 Buenos Aires