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If you are planning to vote absentee in this year’s federal elections, make sure you request a ballot early.

Image description: Today is International Women’s Day. These suffragettes advocated for votes for women in front of the White House around 1917 or 1918.
Photo from the National Archives

Image description: Today is International Women’s Day. These suffragettes advocated for votes for women in front of the White House around 1917 or 1918.

Photo from the National Archives

Asked by Anonymous

How can citizens recall a congress person

Citizens cannot recall a U.S. Senator or Representative because the ability to remove a member of Congress was not written into the Constitution. The Constitution describes the term length and the courts have said that no action by a state or citizen can override it.  

However, there is one way for a U.S. Senator or Representative to be terminated before the end of the normal term. Other members of the House or Senate, whichever body the member of Congress belongs to, can remove a fellow member by a two-thirds vote. This process is called “expulsion” and it’s outlined in the Constitution.

To learn more about how to remove a member of Congress, download this report from the Congressional Research Service (PDF).

Asked by chameleon-eyes

i'm studying abroad and will out of the country for my state's primary. how do i go out about requesting an international absentee ballot?

American citizens living abroad and uniformed service members and their families can request an absentee ballot from the Federal Voting Assistance Program