The Embassy continues to forward voting material to the United States via the diplomatic pouch. We encourage all voters who are eligible to vote in these elections to send their ballots to the Embassy for forwarding to the United States.
To find the upcoming elections and how to vote, please visit FVAP at https://www.fvap.gov/guide/upcoming-elections. If you have eligibility questions, please contact the appropriate election authorities in your voting district.
American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Tokyo
We recommend that you plan accordingly so that your completed ballot reaches the Embassy at least 3 weeks prior to the election.
Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in U.S. elections:
REQUEST YOUR BALLOT:
1. Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You can complete a new FPCA to ensure you receive your ballot for the upcoming elections. Completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, Senate, and House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. You can also contact your state or local registrar to request a ballot for all elections. Go to www.FVAP.gov. You can complete the FPCA online at www.FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.
RECEIVE AND COMPLETE YOUR BALLOT:
2. 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. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
RETURN YOUR BALLOT:
Local Mail or Courier Service: Return your completed ballot directly to your election authorities using international mail through Japan Post or a courier service such as FedEx or DHL.
Using the U.S. Embassy: Mail your completed ballots to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for forwarding to the United States. You will need to place your ballots in an envelope bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.
In order for the U.S. Embassy to forward voting material to your election officials, you must enclose it in a pre-paid envelope of standard size that has been addressed to the appropriate office in the United States. The U.S. Postal Service will not accept envelopes that are not sealed, missing postage, or not addressed correctly. Envelope templates are available for printing on FVAP.gov that can be printed directly on to an envelope. Once this is complete, place it in a separate envelope and mail it to the Embassy via Japan Post.
Some states require that your ballot be received in the election office on or prior to election day. In order to ensure sufficient time, please send your ballot to the Embassy no less than three weeks before your deadline.
Email to fax service by FVAP: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to states that do not accept emailed documents. Get more information online here.
First-time voters and those who will turn 18 on or before November 3, may use the FPCA to vote by absentee ballot from abroad. The FPCA is your official U.S. ballot request. In order to be prepared to vote and receive your official absentee ballot, we suggest that you register using this form as soon as possible. It takes only a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world.
Q: I no longer have an address in the United States. What do I do?
A: The FVAP.gov FAQ page can answer your questions.
Q: I have never lived in the United States. What can I do?
A: Start here: Never Resided in the U.S.
Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues.
Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the Internet to locate articles and information.
Learn more online at FVAP.gov. The Embassy and consulates in Japan also have email addresses specifically for voting:
Register at FVAP.gov to send your vote home.
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