How to vote as
an overseas American

Where do you live?

Select a state

Are you registered to vote?

How do you plan to vote?

Read more about how to register and vote in person this election.

The voting process for overseas Americans is different but your vote will be assigned to your home state.

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Request and return an absentee ballot

Even if you are not currently living in the United States, you can still vote in the 2020 election.

Military and overseas American citizens can register and request an absentee ballot here .

Deadlines for voter registration, ballot request and return vary by home state. To check deadlines and learn more about voting military or overseas, use this website .

About this story

Editing by Reuben Fischer-Baum and Ann Gerhart. Copy editing by Briana R. Ellison and Brian Cleveland. Additional development by Lucio Villa. Illustrations by Abbey Lossing. Susan Berger, Mark Kreidler, Alan Neuhauser and Annette Nevins contributed to this report.

Voting information for this project was collected from official sources, including secretaries of state, county clerks and written election codes. In some cases, The Post used news reports, court opinions and published research from sources such as the National Conference of State Legislatures to check or verify details.

Illustrations in this piece should not be used as a precise guide for how to mark your ballot.

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