Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

Good Morning, Registrants!

Haven't Received Your Ballot?

If you have not received a ballot from your State at least 30 days before the election you can vote in the upcoming election using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is a write-in backup ballot that can be completed for the election. The backup FWAB can be easily completed by using the FWAB online assistant, filling out the PDF or picking up a hardcopy version from your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate location. The assistants will guide you through the questions on the form and produce a printable form for you and will also provide a postage-paid envelope so you don't have to worry about finding stamps!

  1. Complete and sign the FWAB's Voter Declaration/Affirmation using your State's instructions. Find your state's instructions here.
  2. Vote the ballot by writing in a candidate or party name. Detach the ballot from the security envelope, fold it, insert it into the security envelope, and seal. If using the online FWAB, use a separate blank envelope and write "Security Envelope" on it.
  3. Fold and place the completed Voter Declaration/Affirmation and the sealed security envelope into the accompanying "Mailing Envelope." Seal. If using the online FWAB, use your own envelope as the Mailing Envelope. You may print postage paid insignia on your envelope by using the envelope template available here.
  4. Address and mail the FWAB to your local election official. Be sure to include your return address, and affix postage if using a foreign postal service.

Please keep in mind that international mail – even from your nearest Embassy or Consulate – takes time. Make sure that you get your ballot in as soon as you can.

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American Citizen Services
Consulate General of the United States | Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
U.S. Department of State | +966.013.330.3200 | [email protected]
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