Though our standard semester has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are preparing to welcome custom programs this fall and winter, some of which will start as early as November 1st.
So how can students on these programs begin preparing to vote?
Anyone who plans to travel independently before their program start date, should visit fvap.gov and look for the registration, ballot request, and ballot return process and deadlines that apply to their state. Some states allow for electronic registration (which can take as little as 5 minutes) and requests but it is best to plan ahead so you know you have time to mail in your ballot.
Note: If you have voted absentee in the past, you will still need to register with FVAP as a new registration is required every year. Most US Citizens are able to vote from overseas and some states allow overseas votes for state and local elections.
Students who won’t be overseas until late-fall (early November) can still use prior planning to prepare to exercise their civic duty. If this applies to you, you’ll want to look into the absentee and early voting or vote by mail processes available in your state. All relative details can be discovered at usa.gov/absentee-voting.
Is this info relevant to the future?
Absolutely! Regardless of when you plan to study abroad, you should save the above information so that you can vote in future local elections, primaries, and federal elections. Make your voice heard!