United States citizens living outside of the United States are entitled to vote from their last United States address. Click for Federal Voting NEWS. More information on overseas voting is available here.
Guidelines for establishing your voting residency while overseas can be found here. If that address was in New York, your completed Federal Post Card Application - or FPCA for short - should be sent to the Board of Elections in the county in which you lived, prior to moving overseas. Your FPCA registers you and also serves as your absentee ballot application.
Things to Remember When Filling Out the FPCA:
- Fill out ALL blocks shaded in your state or territories' instructions in the Guide.
- When filling out Block 3, "My Voting Residence", you must include
a complete street address of where you actually lived in the state or territory
in which you are voting, in order for the LEO to place you in the proper
voting precinct. A post office box is not appropriate. If your address includes
a Rural Route, use Block 6 "Additional Information" to indicate
the specific location of your residence. For example, state "2 miles
south of the intersection of Route 9 and I-34."
This address should be different from your Block 4 address and must be within the county or township where you claim legal voting residence.
- When filling out Block 4.a, "Where to Send My Voting Materials", enter the complete mailing address where you are currently living and where you wish to receive your absentee ballots. This address must be different from your Block 3 address. If you will have a new mailing address by the time election materials will be sent to you, please be sure to indicate this address here.
- In order to vote in Presidential or state primaries, you must specify your party affiliation in Block 5.
Voting for What Offices
You may vote for federal offices:
In years in which presidential conventions are held, you may also be eligible to vote for those convention delegates.
Call the State Board of Elections at 518-473-5086 or the Federal Voter Assistance Program at 1-800-438-8683, or your United States Embassy office.Or visit www.fvap.gov for more information.
- Start by contacting your Unit/Embassy/Organization Voting Assistance Officer for help in absentee registration and voting.
- Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at www.fvap.gov for information on the absentee registration and voting process.
- Ensure that you have applied for your absentee ballot using the hard copy or on-line versions of the FPCA.
- Make sure your local election official has your current mailing address.
- Sign and date all election materials.
- Fulfill your state’s witness/notary requirements (if required).
- Ensure that your ballot or FPCA is postmarked.
- Register to vote and request your ballot in a timely manner - not later than September.
- VOTE - mail your ballot not later than October 15th of the election year.
- Use the Federal Write In Absentee Ballot if you are overseas and your State absentee ballot does not arrive in time to be mailed back by the state’s deadline.