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Vote From Abroad

Louisiana Democrats living or working abroad, don’t forget to exercise your right to vote!

Visit to register and request your absentee ballot.

Democrats Abroad is another great resource — click here for their website.


A U.S. citizen living overseas who lived in Louisiana immediately before moving abroad can claim residency for absentee voter registration as long as the voter does not maintain a domicile in another state and is not registered to vote in another state. In order to vote from abroad, U.S. voters must register or request a ballot every year.

The deadline to register before the Nov. 4 election is Oct. 6, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is the day before the election.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) suggests that overseas and military voters register and request an absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application by Aug. 1. Louisiana allows voters to receive their blank ballot via mail, email or fax. Military and civilian overseas voters from Louisiana can complete the Federal Post Card Application using

The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act requires election officials to send absentee ballots to overseas and military voters starting 45 days before Election Day. FVAP recommends that voters who are overseas or on a deployed naval vessel return their voted ballots by Oct. 7. FVAP suggests that stateside service members and their family members return their voted ballots by Oct. 28.

If overseas or military voters are duly registered and have not received their requested ballot by Oct. 4, they can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot as a backup in order to vote in federal elections. The tool also helps voters properly complete the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.

Questions about voting from abroad can be directed to: