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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Vote!
October 23, 2020

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Vote!

The U.S. Presidential election is November 3, 2020.  Don’t miss your chance to cast your ballot.  Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  All ballots dropped off at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan between Friday, October 23 at 8:00AM and Monday, October 26 at 17:00PM will be sent to the Department of State mail distribution center via DHL.  From there, the ballots will enter the U.S. Postal System for delivery to their final destination, so all ballots must be enclosed in postage-paid envelopes or with sufficient postage to ensure delivery.  The postage-paid envelope template is available to download and print on our website.  You can print the template on normal paper and tape it to the outside of your envelope.

Never received your ballot?  If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline.  If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well.  Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline.  Your vote will not be counted twice.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING.  Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting.  Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot.  Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Have Questions?  Please contact Embassy Abidjan’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteAbidjan@state.gov.  You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing Vote@FVAP.gov or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.