If a registered Michigan voter does not receive their absentee ballot in time while overseas, how can they ensure their vote is still tabulated in the November election?

Military servicemembers, their families, and civilians overseas who are registered Michigan voters and are concerned they may not receive their absentee ballot in time may complete a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) and return to their local clerk’s office by mail. The FWAB is available online at fvap.gov. The FWAB will also serve as voter registration for Michiganders abroad who are eligible to register to vote and request an absent voter ballot.

If both the FWAB and the requested absentee ballot are returned to the clerk in time, only the requested ballot will be counted.

Overseas voters can download a FWAB and view instructions on completing and returning the write-in absentee ballot by visiting the Federal Voting Assistance Program website, fvap.gov. Write-in absentee ballots must be returned by mail to a voter’s local clerk’s office.

Please note, all write-in absentee ballots received by 8 p.m. Nov. 3 with a matching signature will be counted.


Last updated Oct. 27, 2020


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