Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

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15603648322_ab32c2f48f_bThe U.S. Embassy Dublin encourages all U.S. citizens in Ireland to vote in the upcoming 2016 election cycle, and the Embassy provides non-partisan assistance online and through our American Citizen Services unit at VoteDublin@state.gov

U.S. citizens can now request their blank ballots electronically.  Depending on your state or county, you can get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.  To register to vote, U.S. citizens should begin the processing by going to www.FVAP.gov to fill out a new Federal Post Card Applications (FPCA).  Even U.S. citizens who are already registered to vote or who have voted in previous elections should complete new FPCAs in 2016 to ensure they receive their ballot via the fastest delivery method possible.

The registration process for overseas voters has changed in many states this election cycle.  Deadlines and eligibility rules for voting in state and local elections vary by state and are rapidly approaching.   Additional information about absentee voting for U.S. citizens abroad can be found online at www.FVAP.gov or on our voting page.

FPCAs and ballots must be addressed to the appropriate county board of elections in the United States.  Check your office at http://www.fvap.gov/search-offices.  For information on how to mail ballots, please refer to our website.

If you are a U.S. citizen or dual national resident in Ireland, please enroll in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive email updates from U.S. Embassy Dublin. You can do so at https://step.state.gov/step/.  Through this system, we are able to contact you directly by email with information about our American Citizen Services outreach events nationwide, security messages, and routine updates about our services.

U.S.-Irish Dual Nationals: According to U.S. law, all U.S. citizens are required to enter and exit the United States on a valid U.S. passport. You cannot use your Irish passport for travel to and from the United States. This applies to children as well as adults.