August 23, 2012

2012 General Election Absentee Ballot Mailing Deadlines

Recommended Mailing Dates

The U.S. Presidential election is set for November 6, 2012. For US citizens currently living or serving in the following countries, you must consider mail transit time when submitting your ballot. FVAP and the Military Postal Service Agency recommend you mail back your ballot no later than:

  • 22 days before the election: Iraq
  • 17 days before the election: Afghanistan (excluding Airstop locations), Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Turkmenistan
  • 11 days before the election: Germany
  • 10 days before the election: Afghanistan Airstop locations, Bahrain, Cuba, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • 7 days before the election: Japan, Korea, Philippines
  • For a full list by APO/FPO/DPO, visit

Service members overseas may Express mail their absentee ballots FREE of charge from any APO/FPO/DPO or American embassy and consulate – just ask them to use the Express Mail Label 11-DoD. This label allows the voter to track their ballots at Find out more about this new label at

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

The FWAB is a backup ballot. If 30 days before the election you think you will not receive your State ballot in time to vote and return it, vote the FWAB! Go to and get started! This ballot is accepted by all States from any overseas or military voter who has registered and requested a ballot for 2012. If you receive your State ballot after submitting the FWAB, vote and return it as well. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.


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 the FVAP at 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE).

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Where in the World December 20, 2012

Afghanistan – Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, patrol through the construction site during Operation Golden Gate in Sangin, Afghanistan, Nov. 10, 2012. Golf Co. is tasked with providing security for the entire construction site along the Helmand River for the duration of the construction project. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Cpl....

Where in the World December 13, 2012

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Ca – A CH-53E Super Stallion lands aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov.29. Capt. Charlene “Cindy Lou” Wyman, a pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 462, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and a Denver, Colo., native, instructs other pilots as they practice the exercise. (Official United States Marine Corps...

Where in the World December 7, 2012

Photo by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik Mecca, Saudi Arabia – Lance Cpl. Michael S. Isabelle, a wireman with Communications Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 17, 1st Marine Logistics Group, visits the Kaaba, the most sacred site of Islamic faith. Isabelle was afforded a chance to participate in the Hajj by the King of Saudi Arabia in a...


Where in the World: November 15, 2012

Photo by Nathan L. Hanks Jr. Sgt. Maj. Joseph M. Davenport, sergeant major, Marine Corps Logistics Command, the oldest Marine present at the Kids’ Marine Corps Birthday Ball at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, passes a slice of cake to the youngest child, Louis Mixa, 2, during a cake-cutting ceremony, Nov. 3. Photo by Nathan...

Where in the World November 8, 2012

Photo by Lance Cpl. Tucker S. Wolf Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary take a break from aircraft maintenance aboard USS Iwo Jima to view the sights along the Suez Canal as they transit through the canal, Nov. 5. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and is currently in...
Photo by Sgt. James Mercure

Air superiority: Harriers continue operations over Helmand

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan – Two AV-8B Harrier II Plus aircraft appear to dot the gray sky, as ground crewmembers prepare for their arrival.


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