It's Not Too Late for U.S. Citizens to Register to Vote!

U.S. citizens (teachers, parents, and students turning 18 prior to November 3) have never had it easier to register to vote and to request their absentee ballots. Promoting voting is vital because, as we all know, democracy flourishes with a fully engaged electorate. Bob Gould - a former international educator (Delhi, Cairo) - of, sent the following to NESA for forwarding to our community.

We ask that NESA heads of school consider forwarding this announcement to their faculties and/or including it in your digital publications:

Time is running out! U.S. citizens at your school can still register to vote. The process takes five minutes and has never been easier. Go to to register and request your overseas absentee ballot. This also applies to your U.S. students turning 18 before November 3rd.

  1. Check you are registered to receive your ballot by email:
  2. For the Global Voter Help Desk, including live one-to-one voting assistance via Zoom (Tues, Thurs, Frid, Sun), go to this link,
  3. If you vote in AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VT*, VA, or WI, you must send your voted ballot back by postal mail. Worried about it arriving in time? Use the FWAB and vote TODAY.

* VT: allows electronic ballot submission if you live in a country without a functioning postal system.


Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections!


In some states voter registration and ballot request deadlines for the November 2020 are as early as October 5th. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) each year to ensure you are able to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.

No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address to take advantage of electronic delivery. The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign. After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm online your registration and ballot delivery selection.

If you have already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will be receiving your blank ballot or instructions for how to access your ballot soon if you have not already received it. If you are not sure about the status of your absentee ballot request you should contact your local election officials in the United States or check the status of your registration via your state’s voter registration verification website.

You can send your FPCA or ballot directly to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

If there isn't enough time to receive and send back your ballot before the election, use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). It is a backup ballot you can use if you don’t receive your ballot in a timely manner.

After you send in your ballot, you can check if it was received by your election office.