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(02-21-2012) Register and Request your Ballot for Upcoming Primaries


Voters from these States should visit the web portal to register and request their absentee ballot for the March, April and May 2012 Presidential Preference Primary (P) and State Primary (S) elections listed below:

March Primaries:

NOTE for March Primaries: If you have not received your requested State ballot, submit the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot at (see FWAB information below). 

• Georgia (P): March 6
• Massachusetts (P): March 6
• Ohio (P,S): March 6
• Oklahoma (P): March 6
• Tennessee (P): March 6
• Vermont (P): March 6
• Virginia (P): March 6
• Alabama (P,S): March 13
• Mississippi (P,S): March 13
• Illinois (P,S): March 20
• Louisiana (P): March 24

April Primaries:

• District of Columbia (P,S): April 3
• Maryland (P,S): April 3
• Texas (P,S): April 3 (This is a change, the election was originally scheduled March 6)
• Wisconsin (P): April 3
• Alabama (Primary Runoff): April 24
• Connecticut (P): April 24
• Delaware (P): April 24
• New York (P): April 24
• Pennsylvania (P,S): April 24
• Rhode Island (P): April 24

May Primaries:

• Indiana (P,S): May 8
• North Carolina (P,S): May 8
• West Virginia (P,S): May 8
• Idaho (P,S): May 15
• Nebraska (P,S): May 15
• Oregon (P,S): May 15
• Arkansas (P,S): May 22
• Kentucky (P,S): May 22
• Texas (Primary Runoff): May 22

View the Primary Election Calendar at for more information.

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All members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their family members and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are residents from these States should submit an FPCA for these elections by going to the web portal or by following the instructions in the Voting Assistance Guide, also available at

Be sure you include an email address, phone number and/or fax number on your absentee ballot application in case your local election official needs to contact you.  Remember, many States allow you to submit your form electronically, and deliver your ballot electronically or provide online ballot access. Go to or your State’s election website to see how you can return your form.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office at, or visit your State website.

Vote the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

The FWAB is a backup ballot.  If 30 days before the election (or longer based on your geographic location) you think you will not receive your State ballot in time to vote and return it (especially in March Primary States), vote the FWAB at The FWAB is also available in embassies and consulates and military installations around the world.

Additional information

Check your State's election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information and links to your local election offices.  Find your State's website at FVAP's web portal:

If you'd like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to the web portal or call FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584).  Email and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook at and follow @FVAP on Twitter for election updates throughout 2012.

Important for 2012:  Make sure you resubmit a ballot request form in January 2012 to ensure you receive your ballots for the 2012 elections.  For additional State news, go to

FVAP can be contacted at 1-800-438-8683.  Citizens may reach FVAP toll-free from 67 countries by using the toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP web portal,  Questions regarding the above may also be referred to the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Department of Defense, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC, 20301-1155, and at  And don’t forget to “like” us Facebook at and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

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The Consular Section is open for U.S. citizens' services from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Salvadoran holidays.  After business hours, the Embassy can be contacted by telephone at 011-503-2501-2316 or 011-503-2501-2253.

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