Message for U.S. Citizens – Register to Vote in the 2022 U.S. Elections!

U.S. Embassy Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Message for U.S. Citizens – Register to Vote in the 2022 U.S. Elections!

(August 3, 2022)


Your Vote Counts!

Several primary, general, and special U.S. federal elections are scheduled to take place in the coming months. To participate using an absentee ballot, your state may require you re-register or complete other procedural steps to vote from overseas. Many jurisdictions have also recently updated or changed security and identification procedures, so please take the time to familiarize yourself with your state requirements.

The following states have elections for federal office in the next 90 days:

August 2022:

August 4: Primary Election – Tennessee

August 6: Territory Primary – Virgin Islands

August 9: Primary Elections – Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin

August 9: Special General – Minnesota CD 1

August 13: Primary Election – Hawaii

August 16: Primary Elections – Alaska and Wyoming

August 16: Special General – Alaska U.S. House

August 23: Primary Elections – Florida and New York

August 23: Special Elections – New York CD 19 and CD 23

August 23: State Primary Runoff Election – Oklahoma

August 23: Runoff Special Primary – Oklahoma U.S. Senate

August 27: Territory Primary – Guam


September 2022 – 30 Day Notice:

September 6: Primary Election – Massachusetts

September 13: Primary Elections – Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

October 2022 – 60 Day Notice:

No elections for federal office scheduled


November 2022 – 90 Day Notice:

November 8: General Election

November 8: Special General Election – California U.S. Senate

November 8: Special General Election – Oklahoma U.S. Senate

Register and request your ballot by your state’s deadline. You can use the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) easy online assistant at to walk you through each section of the form. After you finish filling out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print, sign, and send it to your election office. Most states accept the FPCA by email or fax while some require it by mail. Check your state-specific guidelines at

Once you receive your requested absentee ballot, vote and return it as soon as possible. Remember to follow the instructions carefully, especially if a “security envelope” is required, and sign the package as indicated when returning it.

To save time, send voted ballots electronically if allowed by state law. Voters can check if their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email, fax, or via an online portal at

If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) immediately at It works like a backup ballot. If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot, too. Only one will be counted.

Make sure the voted ballot is received by your state. Go to, click on your state and then the “check the status of your voted ballot” button.

To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit the FVAP contact page. You can also reach out directly to your state election office for status updates on your registration and absentee ballot.

COVID-19 ELECTION UPDATE: FVAP is working closely with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency, and other federal agencies to provide up-to-date information on possible mailing delays. Please visit for the latest information on any international postal disruptions or contact your installation military post office. 

Researching the Candidates and Issues: Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to 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. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts ( FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).