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Voting in U.S. elections

Overseas citizens are eligible to participate in primary, run-off, and special elections that occur throughout the year, as well as the general elections in November.   

We strongly encourage you to register to vote and/or request absentee ballots as early in the year as possible to ensure that you will receive all ballots for which you are eligible. Should questions or problems occur, you would still be able to address them in time to vote in the general elections.
The official US Government website for overseas absentee voting assistance is the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at  

Be an educated voter. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues is widely available and easy to obtain via the Internet.  Use the links appearing on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website, or choose any one of several search engines to locate articles and information.

The Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland, is available to answer questions about absentee voting.  To contact the Voting Assistance Officer, send an e-mail to Look for notices from the Embassy throughout the year relating to upcoming elections.  

Again, we strongly encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible.