Embassies and consulates are not polling places. Don’t wait; return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2018 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.
Never received your ballot? If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, you should immediately 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, go ahead and 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.
Returning your ballot by mail: If you still wish to send your voted ballot via mail, place your voted ballot in a U.S. postage-paid envelope addressed to your local election official. Drop it off at the Embassy or at one of our consular agencies located in Acapulco, Oaxaca, or San Miguel de Allende, and we’ll send it back home for you without the need to pay international postage. If you can’t visit the Embassy or a consular agency in person, ask a friend or colleague to drop it off for you. If it’s easier for you to use Mexico’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.
IMPORTANT: The final date to return your voted paper ballot through the U.S. Embassy to your local election officials for the November 6 election is October 25, 2018. If you wish to drop off your voted and sealed ballot, please bring it to our American Citizens Services Office (Room 101) at the U.S. Embassy between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you plan to drop off your ballot at any of our consular agencies, please do so before October 10, 2018, during their normal operating hours. Click here for consular agency locations and contact information.
Ballots not sent to local election officials by our Embassy shipment deadline? If you wish to participate in this election and have not yet sent your ballot to your local election officials by our Embassy drop off deadline listed above, you should consider returning your 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 6th prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
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.
Need help? You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officers at our American Citizens Services offices during normal business hours.
Have Questions? Please contact the Voting Assistance Officer at VoteMexicoCity@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 calling toll free 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.
- General Assistance for U.S. Citizens:
C.P. 06500, Ciudad de México
From Mexico: 01-55-8526-2561
From the United States: 1-844-528-6611
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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