Election 2020 Important Update – January 22, 2021
The Embassy continues to forward voting material to the United States via the diplomatic pouch. Although voting has concluded for the 2020 Presidential Election, some states still have upcoming elections. 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.
Upcoming elections include:
Please visit FVAP at https://www.fvap.gov/guide/upcoming-elections for more information about how to vote in these runoff elections. If you have eligibility questions, please contact the appropriate election authorities in your voting district.
Election 2020 Important Update July 28, 2020
Due to anticipated delays in sending mail to the U.S. through Japan Post, the U.S. Embassy recommends sending your voting materials to us directly so that we can forward your voter registration documents, ballot requests, and ballots to your local jurisdiction. The process is simple: please prepare your ballot and/or registration materials as you would if you were sending it through the U.S. postal system yourself. Most states provide an envelope with pre-paid postage which you should have received when you registered for an absentee ballot. If you do not have one of these envelopes, you can download a pre-paid envelope from FVAP.gov. You can find the address for your local jurisdiction at FVAP.gov as well. Once you have completed your ballot, place it in your pre-paid U.S. mail envelope, seal it, and put the sealed envelope with the ballot into a separate envelope approved for use in Japan (you can buy one at any Japan Post office). Mail the whole package to the U.S. Embassy with appropriate Japanese postage. Once we receive it, we will forward your U.S. mail envelope with ballot to the United States using the U.S. Postal Service.
Send your voting materials to:
We recommend that you plan accordingly so that your completed ballot reaches the Embassy at least 3 weeks prior to the election.
Make your voice count! Vote!
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Embassy and Consulates in Japan also have email addresses specifically for voting:
Remember, your vote counts!
Register at FVAP.gov to send your vote home.