Helping U.S. Employees Vote from Overseas



As HR professionals, I know you have a passion for helping people and addressing the challenges they face. 

Your employees who are American citizens living overseas have the right to vote in U.S. elections — from anywhere in the world.

Though voting absentee from outside the U.S. has gotten easier, many voters could still use some help overcoming potential obstacles, including:

●       Voting requirements and processes that vary by State — and change often;

●       Not knowing how or where to register or vote;

●       Missing registration or ballot return deadlines;

●       Failing to sign ballots or affidavits; and

●       Wondering if their local election official received their ballot.

The voting rights of U.S. citizens living overseas, as well as Service members and their eligible family, are protected by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).

These special voters are able to register to vote and request a ballot using a federal form (the Federal Post Card Application) and can even vote using a federal backup ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot) if their State ballot doesn’t arrive.

As an HR professional, you can help your U.S. citizen employees living overseas by:

●       Sharing information about the overseas voting process;

●       Reminding eligible employees to start the registration and voting processes early; and

●       Pointing them to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

FVAP provides resources for overseas voters, but we need your help to let them know they are available.

Though FVAP is housed in the Department of Defense, we provide nonpartisan voting assistance to all American citizens living outside the U.S. You can look to us to support your American employees overseas who want to vote this year.

When you get questions about voting from your U.S. employees living abroad this election year, send them to is where overseas citizen voters can find all the information they need to register to vote, request a ballot, learn their State’s deadlines and requirements, and even check the status of their ballot after voting. You and your employees can also contact FVAP for more information at or 1-800-438-VOTE.

You can also use our shared content to help spread the word to your employees.

Download our digital media content toolkit for SHRM members serving U.S. citizens overseas, including graphics and posts for your existing channels with information for employees.

You can find more outreach materials here.

Thank you for helping to protect the voting rights of Americans living overseas.  My goal is to give every eligible citizen who wants to vote the support they need to cast a ballot in the 2016 elections. You and others like you who touch the lives of these special voters can help them exercise the right to vote — no matter where they are.  

Matt Boehmer
Federal Voting Assistance Program

P.S. Here’s how we describe the absentee voting process for UOCAVA voters from start to finish. This infographic has all the detail you need to help your employees vote in 2016!

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