November 8th is just around the corner! If you will be abroad on Election Day, check out USA.gov, the official guide for everything you need to make sure you are prepared to vote—even if you won’t be stateside during the election—with absentee and early voting options.
You may be eligible to vote in U.S. federal elections if you are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age and registered to vote in your state of legal residence. The first step is to register to vote if you aren’t already. USA.gov provides free assistance via online chat, telephone and email.
You may have the option to register in the state you attend college or university—or in your home state. Deadlines and requirements for voter registration vary by location, as do qualifications for absentee ballots for state and local elections. USA.gov’s College Voting Guide recommends the Campus Vote Project’s Student Guides to help you understand your rights and make the necessary preparations to vote. The U.S. Department of State also provides absentee voting information for U.S. citizens abroad.
With all of these available resources, everyone looking to exercise their right to vote should have no trouble at all, whether at home or abroad. Have your vote count from anywhere you travel!