If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! 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.
RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:
You’ve missed the recommended U.S. Embassy shipment deadline of October 1, 2020. Now what? We strongly urge you to return your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot 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 3 prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
The U.S. Embassy in Dakar will continue to accept and forward ballots, however they may not arrive in time to be counted. If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have a friend or colleague drop it off for you, place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials. Ballots may be dropped off at the U.S. Embassy’s service entrance at the rear of the Embassy, Monday – Thursday from 7:30 – 18:30 and Fridays from 7:30 – 14:30. You may drop off your signed and completed ballot in a seal, addressed envelope bearing sufficient postage (or postage-paid) in the drop box marked “BALLOTS.” If your ballot requires postage, you may purchase and print postage online from providers such as www.usps.com or www.stamps.com (postage is not available at the U.S. Embassy).
Please also check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.
Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Senegal’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. 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, so you may need to consider another method.
HOW TO OBTAIN A BALLOT:
The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Senegal please see our website. For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad.
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 be 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 Dakar’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteDakar@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.