Message for U.S. Citizens: Mail-in Voting Week runs from October 1-8, 2022.

Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022


September 19, 2022

Absentee Voting Week is October 1-8, 2022

Be an active voter by taking the steps necessary to vote in the 2022 US Election and participating in Mail-In Vote Week!

In some states, voter registration and ballot application deadlines for November 2022 are as early as October 5. Whether you are a first-time voter or have received ballots and voted absentee in previous elections, we recommend that you complete a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) every year to ensure that you are able to participate in elections as an absentee voter abroad.

If you have already completed a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) in 2022 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will soon receive your blank ballot or instructions on how to access your ballot if you do not. have not already received. If you are unsure of the status of your absentee ballot application, you should contact your local election officials in the United States or check the status of your registration through your state’s Voter Registration Verification website. .

You can get help with voting from the Embassy/Consulate or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, at the following times:

The deposit at the U.S. Embassy Nairobi is located at the Consular Entrance/Visa Section. The voting box is located outside the second security checkpoint. Drop-off days are Monday to Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Please help spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about voting abroad. Consider posting on your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your federal postcard application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVote to help spread the word about the vote.

If you’ve never voted abroad before, it’s not too late. The process is simple – just follow these steps:

1. Complete a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)

Whether you are voting for the first time or have voted by mail in previous elections, we recommend that you complete an FPCA to receive your ballot this fall. It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal office (presidential and state primaries, runoffs, special elections, and November general elections) during the year at during which you are submitting the FPCA. Local election officials in all US states and territories accept the FPCA.

The online voting assistant available at is an easy way to complete the FPCA. It will ask you questions specific to your state and let you know if electronic ballot delivery is possible. No matter what state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots electronically (by e-mail, internet download or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address to take advantage of electronic delivery. The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign

2. Submit Federal Postcard Application (FPCA)

The deposit at the U.S. Embassy Nairobi is located at the Consular Entrance/Visa Section. The voting box is located outside the second security checkpoint. Drop-off days are Monday through Thursday 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Friday 7:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Submitted ballots may be sealed.

If it’s more convenient for you, you can have a friend or family member drop off your FPCA at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi on your behalf or you can send your FPCA or ballot directly to your local election officials by international courier or professional courier service at your own expense.

3. Receive your ballot

After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm your selection for registration and ballot delivery online. States are now required to mail ballots 45 days before an election (September 24) for federal office (President, US Senate, or US House of Representatives) to any foreign US citizen who has completed an FPCA.

4. Return your ballot

We recommend that if you plan to return your paper ballot to your election officials via the U.S. Embassy/Consulate, that you return your ballot to them by October 8 to account for transit times between overseas posts and local constituencies.. If you want to drop your ballot or have a friend or colleague drop it for you, place it in a postage-paid envelope or an envelope stamped in the United States and addressed to your local election officials. You can download the postage-paid envelope from the website.

If there is not enough time to receive and return your ballot before the election, use the Federal Absentee Ballot (FWAB). This is a backup ballot that you can use if you do not receive your ballot in a timely manner. If your official mail-in ballot arrives after the FWAB is mailed, complete and mail the official ballot as well. Only one will be counted.

After submitting your ballot, you can check whether it has been received by your electoral office.

Your vote counts!

Many US elections over the past decade have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%. All states are required to count each mail-in ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the mail-in ballot receipt deadline (differs by state).

Be an educated voter. Check FVAP Links Page for helpful resources that will help you in your search for candidates and issues. You can also read national and local newspapers online and search the Internet for articles and information.

To receive email information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Vote Alerts ([email protected]). FVAP also shares voting alerts via Facebook and Twitter.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the Nairobi Voting Assistance Manager at [email protected]


U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

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+254 (0) 20 363 6451

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