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Myth #2 - Fixed Overseas Address


Somehow I thought overseas voters had to have a "permanent" overseas address to vote from abroad.


You can vote from outside of the US whether you're abroad temporarily or permanently. 

You can vote from abroad while traveling, working, studying, living abroad or serving in the military, temporarily or permanently. Or you may be away from home for some other reason - it does not actually matter, you need not worry that your address abroad is not a permanent one. That's ok! 

When completing the overseas registration and ballot request form, you can enter the address of wherever you are staying during the election.

The form will indicated for you to put the physical address of where you will be during the election on your Overseas Voter Registration and Ballot Request form, but it does not need to be a "permanent" overseas address. It can be your school, or hotel, or office or home address - whatever is appropriate in your particular overseas situation.

You can receive your ballot online. If you are moving around while abroad, you may wish to receive your ballot online. As an overseas voter, it is possible. You will be asked in the ballot request process to indicate how you would like to receive your ballot. Still, you will need to do your best to indicate on your ballot request form where you think you will be and give that address, even if you receive your ballot electronically.

Keep in mind that you can also request to receive your ballot online. Be prepared to download and print it to send back to your election office on paper.

Further information:

See the Guide to Overseas Voting

See the FAQ on Top Overseas Voting Questions

See our Overseas Voting Explainer

See all Overseas Voting Tools and Services

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