Election 2016: How to vote from Rome (and Italy)


Elections are here, and if you're currently living the good life in Rome or elsewhere in Italy, chances are you can't make it back to the U.S. just for ballot day. So how can you cast your vote?

The U.S. Embassy in Italy and the Bureau of Consolar Affairs provide guiding for absentee ballots. If you've completed your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) earlier this year, you should receive your ballot 45 days before the election - either electronically or by mail. You can then return your ballot in a number of ways.

If you still haven't received the ballot you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWBA), also know as "Emergency Ballot". To apply, your request must arrive either by 30 days before the election or by the deadline set by the last state where you were registered to vote. Complete it online on the Federal Voting Assistance Program. If the official ballot arrives after you've completed your FWBA, fill that as well and return it.

The Embassy in Rome and the Consulates General in Milan, Florence and Naples all have Voting Assistance Officers to answer your questions. Find all their contacts here.

Good luck and see you on election day!


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Lorenzo Migliorato is originally from Rome, Italy and currently a Journalism student at Cardiff University (UK).