Primary Elections are in Full Swing

Voting stickers on a table. Photo by: U.S. Department of State (IIP Bureau)

As the summer travel season approaches, the U.S. Embassy recommends that all U.S. citizens overseas review their voter registration status and vote in their state’s primary election and the November 2018 general election. Now is the time to update your mailing address and absentee ballot request information to reflect any changes since the last general election.

To register and request your ballots, please complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) early to ensure you receive your absentee ballots for all elections in 2018. You can use the FPCA online assistant (, fillable form (, or pick up a hardcopy version from a Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen Services Unit.

Find your state’s primary election dates at Select the state where you want to register to vote from the drop-down menu in the “Voters Start Here” box at the top left-hand side of To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit FVAP’s contact page (

This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. The following states have primary elections in the next three months:


June 5: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota;

June 12: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia;

June 19: Arkansas, District of Columbia;

June 26: Colorado, Maryland, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah;

June 30: Texas 27th Congressional District Special Election.



July 17: Alabama;

July 24: Georgia.



August 2: Tennessee;

August 4: Virgin Islands;

August 7: Ohio 12th Congressional District Special General;

August 7: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington;

August 11: Hawaii;

August 14: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin;

August 21: Alaska, Wyoming;

August 25: Guam;

August 28: Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma.

If you missed your state’s primary elections, you can still register to vote and request your absentee ballot to vote in the general elections in November 2018.


For further information:

  • Visit the State Department’s travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Kuwait’s Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait at 00-(965) 2259-1001 or 00-(965) 2538-6562 or by fax:  00-(965) 2538-0282.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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This message may be accessed on the Embassy website,   Please note that the Consular Section is closed for U.S. and most local holidays. The current holiday schedule for 2018 is posted on