Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register. Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more. Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. election:
1. Request Your Ballot NOW: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of 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. FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory. FVAP’s easy online assistant can assist you with completing the FPCA.
Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way for you to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
3. Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return the FPCA or ballot to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through U.S. Embassy San Jose’s outgoing mail to the United States.
Drop Off at Embassy: U.S. Embassy San Jose currently has a secure voting box inside the main entrance where election-related materials may be dropped off in-person during business hours (Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm). Envelopes must be correctly addressed and have sufficient U.S. postage (a U.S. postage-paid envelope (Pdf – 138 KB) can be downloaded from the FVAP website).
Mail/Courier to Embassy: To return the FPCA or ballot via the embassy by mail or courier service, voters will need two envelopes. The first envelope will be sent to the embassy using local mail or the courier service offered by Correos de Costa Rica. The second envelope, which must have U.S. postage, will be sent to a voter’s local election office. Voters will need to seal the second envelope with the FPCA or ballot, place it inside the first envelope, and mail the package to the U.S. Embassy in San Jose. Election materials returned via the embassy can be sent to the below address
U.S. Embassy San Jose Costa Rica
Attention: ACS Unit
Vía 104, Calle 98
In front of Plaza del Oeste
San Jose, Costa Rica
NOTE: The U.S. Embassy takes no responsibility for delivery of FPCAs and ballots received without postage. USPS will not deliver FPCAs or ballots without a U.S. postage paid envelope (Pdf – 138 KB) or without sufficient U.S. postage.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. 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 is 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
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 U.S. Embassy San Jose at ACSSanJose@state.gov.