Voting

The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General are here to help you exercise your right to vote and answer your voting questions. Voting from abroad is an easy three-step process that needs to be started early.

Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov. The completion of 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 FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.

Pro Tip: You can use FVAP’s easy online assistant to walk you through the FPCA based on your state. We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state) as this is the fastest way for you to get your ballot. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state accepts the FPCA by email, mail, or fax.

If you submitted a FPCA, then states are required to send your ballot 45 days before a regular election for federal office. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

Resources for researching candidates, go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the internet to locate articles and information.

For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), X (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).

Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return your ballot by mail, you can do so free of charge at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate General in Chiang Mai.


Mail Voting Materials from Thailand

U.S. Citizens living aboard may drop off voting materials at the voting box located at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy Bangkok or at the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai without an appointment required.

Please make sure your envelope is signed, sealed, and addressed to your district office.  It also must include U.S. postage, or use a U.S. postage-paid envelope.  You can find postage-paid envelopes available for download at this link.

Pro Tip: You can print the U.S. postage-paid envelope on regular paper, then tape it to your envelope when you are preparing your ballot to be sent.

U.S. Citizens living aboard are optional to mail ballots to the Embassy or Consulate General per addresses below if you are living far from Bangkok or Chiang Mai. We will forward these to the United States to be delivered to your district office.  Please utilize Thai Post or DHL to mail ballots; other methods are not reliable.

U.S. Embassy Bangkok
American Citizens Services
Attn: Voting Assistance Officer
95 Wireless Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10330

U.S. citizens in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaengphet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Petchabun, Phayao, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uttaradit provinces should mail their ballots to the U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai at:

U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai
American Citizens Services
Attn: Voting Assistance Officer
387 Wichayanond Rd
T. Chang Moi, A. Muang
Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand

Key Voting Dates

For key voting dates please review the information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website: https://www.fvap.gov/guide/upcoming-elections.

Questions?

The primary resource for both private U.S. citizens who wish to vote and Department of State voting assistance officers is the Federal Voting Assistance Program website www.FVAP.gov.  The website contains an online assistant to help private U.S. citizens complete voter registration forms, absentee ballot requests, and emergency write-in ballots, links to state election and voter registration verification websites, as well as important dates and state specific instructions.

You can also contact the Voting Assistance Officer at U.S. Embassy Bangkok at VoteBangkok@state.gov or at the Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai at VoteChiangMai@state.gov with any questions.