Absentee voters no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request. All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot in primary and general elections must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year if they wish to vote from abroad. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election. No matter what state you vote in, you can now ask your local election officials to provide your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery on-line. Be sure to include your email address on the form to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive your ballot on time, and we strongly recommend every overseas voter take advantage of it.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website:

The most updated information on absentee voting for Americans living abroad is available from two sources – the Department of State’s Overseas Voting information, and the information provided by the Federal Voting Assistance Program.  Please visit these websites to learn about deadlines and procedures for registering and voting.

For additional questions about absentee voting, a Voting Assistance Officer can be reached at the U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo.  To contact the Voting Assistance Officer, call: 597-556-700 Fax: 597-551-524 or send an e-mail to  When requesting voting information by e-mail, please indicate your name, current address in Paramaribo or French Guiana and your last legal state of residence in the United States.

See below for additional information on:

  • Absentee Voting Basics
  • Registration/Absentee Ballot Request
  • Receiving Your Blank Absentee Ballot
  • Voting and Returning Your Ballot
  • Using an Emergency Write-In Ballot
  • Voting Eleigibility
  • Role of Local Election Officials
  • Verifying Your Registration
  • Be an Educated Voter
  • Voting and Taxes