You must register to vote and request your absentee ballot every year in which you want to vote. It’s easy to do at (even if you are not a student)

There are special elections coming up in the following districts. If you are a voter in one of these districts, please vote:

August 6

Mississippi state primary

September 10

North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th US Congressional Districts- these are special elections for your Representative in the US Congress

October 12

November 5

Louisiana State Primary

There are general elections on November 5, 2019 in the following states: Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Jersey and Virginia. Virginia is particularly important this year since the Virginia House of Delegates and the Virginia State Senate are each possibly “flippable” from Republican control to Democratic control. If this matters to you, please request your absentee ballot and then vote.

Five states have regularly scheduled November elections for state offices such as for governor, state senators and representatives, and all other state and local positions. These states are Kentucky, New Jersey, Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Virginia is a particularly close state this year. Please register to vote and then vote.

As an expat, you must register to vote every year in which you wish to vote in an election.  So, even if you were registered to vote last year or earlier, you will need to register to vote again this year.  Please also keep this in mind for 2020.

Fortunately, it is super easy to register at

Register now and receive your absentee ballot.  Remember to complete and return your ballot soon after you receive it. You may also want to bookmark,  and then put a reminder in your calendar in January to register to vote for the 2020 election.  

Voter registration advocate within your University’s club Are you willing to help increase participation in elections among your university’s expat alumni as well as its students living abroad? For each university alumni club, we hope to have one person help promote and increase voter participation among its UK community. If you have any interest in helping your club with this voter engagement initiative, please contact pbkaplan3 <at>