Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

U.S. Embassy Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Message for U.S. Citizens
Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2016 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials

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 absentee 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 absentee ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well.  Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular voted ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline.  Your vote will not be counted twice.

RETURNING YOUR VOTED BALLOT:

The final date to return your paper voted ballot to your local election officials by election day for free via the U.S. embassy is October 27, 2016.  If you wish to drop off your voted ballot, or have a friend or colleague drop it off for you, place it in either a postage-paid envelope or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials. The embassy also has postage-paid envelopes available for use available in the consular section or at the information window at times noted below.

You can get voting assistance from the embassy or drop off your completed voting forms and voted ballots, addressed to your local election officials, during the following hours:

Voting Assistance:

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please come into the Consular Section of the Embassy. You can also drop off voted ballots during this time.

Dropping off Voting Forms:

Monday – Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please drop forms off with the Consular staff at the Embassy information window.

Missed the U.S. embassy shipment deadline?  Consider returning your voted ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or electronically if allowed by your state.  Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 8 prior to payment and shipment.  Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  If you have previously registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot but it has not yet arrived the following states allow voters to use email or fax to send signed, voted Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots to local election officials:  Alaska (fax only), Arizona (contact election official first), Arkansas (fax only), Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida (fax only), Hawaii (fax only), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana (fax only), Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska (fax only paper copy must also be mailed), Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma (fax only), Oregon (paper copy must also be mailed), Rhode Island (fax only), South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia.  Carefully review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your voted ballot by international mail delivery.  If using Cote d’Ivoire’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.  Voted ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines.

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 voted ballot.  Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Need help?  You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officers at the Embassy during the following times:

Voting Assistance:

Monday – Thursday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please come into the Consular Section of the Embassy. You can also drop off voted ballots at this time.

Have Questions?  Please contact U.S. Embassy Abidjan’s Voting Assistance Officer at abjamcit@state.gov . You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with your state’s 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.