Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. Elections are managed individually by the 50 States, four territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. Registration requirements vary from State to State. Most States and territories require registration to vote absentee. Voter registration and absentee ballot request can be done at the same time by submitting the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Voting laws changed in 2014. All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year if they wish to vote from abroad. You will no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request. It’s easy to do – to start the process, visit, the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). FVAP is the official U.S. government website for overseas absentee voting information.

Voting registration documents and ballots can be mailed to the United States through the U.S. Embassy on-site Army Post Office (APO).

Address envelopes clearly, affix the correct U.S. postage, and drop off envelopes at the U.S. Embassy Vientiane American Citizen Services check-in window at Kilometer 9, Thadeua  Road. In some cases, postage-paid envelopes can be printed by visiting the FVAP website, Envelopes will be mailed one business day after receipt by the U.S. Embassy. Please allow up to two weeks for delivery to the United States.

Please make sure to check the deadlines for your state or territory of residence, which can be found by visiting, and mail your envelope early enough to meet the deadlines. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer expedited mailing service.


HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING.  Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting.  Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot.  Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Need help?  You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officers or private U.S. citizen volunteers at the following event(s): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 08:00AM to 11:00AM, except holidays.  No appointment needed.

Have Questions?  Please contact U.S. Embassy Vientiane’s Voting Assistance Officer at 85621487000, or at  You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at