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January 31, 2024

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2024 U.S. Federal Elections

Your vote counts!

Did you know that many U.S. federal elections for the House of Representatives and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All localities are required to count every absentee ballot that is valid and reaches U.S. local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

Follow these steps so your vote counts in the 2024 federal U.S. elections:

  1. Request your ballot:  Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2024, to receive your ballot for the 2024 elections.  Submitting the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives), including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted.  All local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.

You can complete the FPCA online at FVAP.gov.  The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to request your blank ballots be delivered electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state).  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA using the instructions on the website.  The online voting assistant will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically, or if you must submit a paper copy with original ink signature.  If you must return a paper version, please follow the same instructions below for returning your ballot.

  1. Receive and complete your ballot:  States must distribute ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and generally send ballots at least 30 days before primary elections.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
  2. Return your completed ballot:  Each locality in the United States has different deadlines, regulations, and procedures for absentee voting.  Check your local election office’s website for specific information.
  • Electronic Ballot Return:  Some localities allow you to return your completed ballot electronically.  Check your local election office’s website to see if you can return your ballot electronically.
  • Mail Your Paper Ballot Directly:  If you use PostNordGLSPosta, or Tusass, affix sufficient international postage and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.  Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries require two to three weeks to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines.  You can also use a private courier service.
  • Return Your Paper Ballot through the Embassy:  You may choose to return your ballot through the Embassy.  We forward ballots to the United States on a weekly basis, and you should expect your ballot to take 2-4 weeks to reach local election officials in the United States.  The U.S. Consulate in Nuuk is unable to accept ballots.
    • Place your ballot in postage-paid envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage.
    • Address the ballot to the relevant local election officials.
    • You can either mail the sealed envelope containing your ballot to the Embassy or deliver it on any business day between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  The Embassy is closed on all U.S. and Danish holidays.  If you choose to mail the sealed envelope to the Embassy, remember to use Danish, Greenlandic, or Faroese postage.

      U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
      ATTN:  Voting Assistance Officer
      Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24
      2100 Copenhagen

  1. Research candidates and issues:  Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues.  FVAP regularly sends information about election dates and deadlines through their Voting Alerts.  Email vote@fvap.gov to subscribe or follow FVAP on Facebook or Twitter.

If you have any questions about registering to vote in the Kingdom of Denmark, please contact the Embassy’s Voting Assistance Officer at CopenhagenACS@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!