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February 6, 2024

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2024 U.S. Federal Elections

U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua
Message for U.S. Citizens
February 5, 2024

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. federal elections for the House of Representatives and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot that is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2024 federal U.S. elections:

1) Request your ballot. Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2024 to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2024 elections. Submitting the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. All local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.

You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to request your blank ballots be delivered 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. The online voting assistant will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original ink signature. If you must return a paper version, please follow the same instructions below for returning your ballot.

2) Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and generally send ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

3) Return your completed ballot. While some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically, others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

If you would like the U.S. Embassy to forward your ballot to the United States, follow these instructions:

  • Place your ballot in a postage-paid return envelope (available here) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage and address it to the relevant local election office.
  • Drop off your ballot in the sealed, postage paid envelope (the envelope can be downloaded here) in the ballot box inside the Consular entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Managua (Kilometer 5 ½, Carretera Sur) on any business day between 7:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 7:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Fridays.
  • We recommend that you drop off your ballot no later than October 3, 2024 for the general election to account for transit times between Nicaragua and local voting districts.
  • If it’s more convenient for you, you can have a friend or family member drop off your ballot at the U.S. Embassy on your behalf, or you may return your ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

Research candidates and issues. Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues. FVAP regularly sends information about election dates and deadlines through their Voting Alerts. Email vote@fvap.gov to subscribe or follow FVAP on Facebook or Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Managua’s Voting Assistance Officer at 2252-7161, or at VoteManagua@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!