Voting

Updated: November 18, 2020

Two Upcoming Run-Off Elections in Georgia and Louisiana

 

Louisiana’s run-off election for the 5th Congressional seat is December 5. Georgia’s senatorial run-off is January 5 for Georgia’s two senate seats. Please see state-specific timelines below.

GEORGIA

Georgia’s senatorial run-off is January 5. Voters will decide on both Senate seats. The process of voting from abroad in the Georgia senatorial run-offs for Georgia voters is similar to voting via absentee ballot in the November federal elections.

December 7 – The deadline to register to vote for those not yet registered or who did not request an absentee ballot for the November general election (please see FAQ below).  You may register to vote and request your absentee ballot via the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at the same time.  Return your FPCA to your local election office (LEO) via e-mail, fax, or mail.  Check your voter registration status here.

December 14 – Early in-person voting in Georgia begins. Please note Embassies and Consulates abroad are not polling locations; you may not vote in person at the Embassy or Consulate.

December 18 – We recommend all Georgia ballots be sent to the Embassy or nearest consulate by December 18.  You can also use international mail or a professional courier (DHL, Estafeta, or FedEx) to return your ballot directly to Georgia.  Georgia will not accept ballots sent by email or fax.  Download the postage paid envelope here.

January 5 – All absentee ballots mailed to Georgia must be postmarked by this date. The Embassy and Consulates will stop accepting ballots after January 5 (except U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo, which will stop accepting ballots after January 4). Availability of ballot drop-off at Consulates and Consular Agencies may vary by location. Please contact these locations directly for additional information. Those Consular Agencies able to collect ballots will stop accepting ballots after December 30 to allow time to forward ballots to the Embassy or Consulate for postmarking.

January 8 – All absentee ballots must be received by the Local Election Office (LEO) in Georgia.

Frequently Asked Questions – Georgia
Already registered to vote in Georgia but did not vote absentee in the November federal elections? You must still send in the FPCA or your will not be able to vote from abroad in the January 5 election with an absentee ballot.

Successfully voted in the November federal elections from abroad with an absentee ballot? Georgia will automatically send you a ballot for this election.  If you do not receive a ballot by mid-November, contact your Local Election Office (LEO) and request that it be sent to you electronically.

Can I use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot? Yes.

Received your ballot for the November federal elections via e-mail? You will receive your ballot for the run-offs also via e-mail.

Received your ballot for the November federal elections via mail? We strongly encourage you to send an e-mail to your Local Election Office (LEO)and follow it up with a phone call to request and ensure that you receive your absentee ballot via e-mail for the run-offs.

How do I drop off my ballot at U.S. Embassy Mexico City? U.S. Embassy Mexico City will accept in-person drop-off of absentee ballots on days the Embassy is normally open between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Embassy and all Consulates will be closed November 26, December 25, and January 1. We suggest you return your ballot as soon as possible. You do not need an appointment. Please bring your completed, sealed voting materials to the Consular waiting room’s entrance on Rio Danubio and place them in the sealed ballot box with the ACS representative outside. You do not need an appointment.  Please bring your completed, sealed voting materials to the Consular waiting room’s entrance on Rio Danubio and place them in the sealed ballot box with the ACS representative outside.  You do not need to enter the Embassy or pass through additional screening to submit your voting materials. If you are not submitting your ballot to the Embassy, please contact your nearest Consulate to inquire whether in-person ballot drop-off is available.

The last day U.S. Embassy Mexico City will accept ballots for the Georgia run-off elections is 2:00 p.m. January 5, or you may mail your ballot in its sealed voting envelope to:

U.S. Embassy Mexico City
American Citizen Services, Room 101
Voting Assistance Officer
Av. Paseo de la Reforma 305
Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500
Ciudad de Mexico

Where can I send other questions? For more information go to the State of Georgia’s Election Website, contact your Local Election Office (LEO), or VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

LOUSIANA

Louisiana’s run-off election for the 5th Congressional seat is December 5.  This is only for Louisiana voters who are registered or can register to vote in the 5th Congressional district.  If you are unsure if your Louisiana address is in the 5th Congressional District, check this map, or you can do an address search.

November 14Register to vote online for this election by this date.  You must have either a Louisiana driver’s license or state ID.

November 20 – We recommend all mailed ballots be sent to the Embassy or nearest consulate by November 20.  You can also use international mail or a professional courier (DHL, Estafeta, or FedEx) to mail your ballot directly to your parish-specific registrar.  Louisiana must receive your ballot by December 5 by mail or fax.  The Embassy is not a polling place and cannot fax your ballot for you.  Download the postage paid envelope here.

November 20-25, 28 – Early, in-person voting conducted in Louisiana.  The Embassy is not a polling place and you cannot cast a ballot in-person at the Embassy.

December 3 – The Embassy and Consulates will stop accepting ballots December 3, except U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo and those Consular Agencies able to accept ballots in person.  These locations will stop accepting ballots December 2.  Availability of ballot drop-off at Consulates and Consular Agencies may vary by location.  Please contact these locations directly for additional information.  Please note we recommend you submit your absentee ballot BY FAX after November 20 to ensure it arrives in time.

December 4 – Request an absentee ballot electronically by 4:30 p.m. CST.  You may return the form to your parish-specific registrar via e-mail, fax, or mail.   Louisiana requires that you have lived in Louisiana prior to moving outside of the country.  You may register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the same time using the same form.  For instructions, please review the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website.

December 5 – Return your absentee ballot by 8 p.m. CST to your parish-specific registrar via fax or mail.

Frequently Asked Questions – Louisiana

Registered as an overseas voter and you voted in the November elections?  You might have already voted in this election because you received a ranking ballot.  Check with your Registrar if you are unsure if you have already voted.  You can contact your parish-specific registrar.

You are not registered as an overseas voter and you voted in the November Elections?  Request your Overseas Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot from the Louisiana Secretary of State.  You may fax or mail your ballot to your registrar.

Already registered in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District and did not vote absentee in the federal elections?  You must still return your Overseas Application for Absentee by Mail Ballot or you will not be able to vote in the December 5 election.

Received your ballot for the November federal elections via e-mail?  You will receive your ballot for the run-offs also via e-mail.

Can I use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot?  Yes.

Received your ballot for the November federal elections via mail?  We strongly encourage you to send an e-mail to your registrar’s office and follow it up with a phone call to ensure you receive your absentee ballot via e-mail for the run-offs.

Need more information?  For more information visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s webpage for Military and Overseas voters.  You can also contact your registrar’s office or call 1-800-883-2805 or 1-225-922-0900 to speak with the state election office.  You can send questions to: VoteMexicoCity@state.gov

How do I drop off my ballot at U.S. Embassy Mexico City?  U.S. Embassy Mexico City will accept in-person drop-off of absentee ballots on days the Embassy is normally open between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The Embassy and all Consulates will be closed November 16, November 26, December 25, and January 1.  We suggest you return your ballot as soon as possible.  You do not need an appointment.  Please bring your completed, sealed voting materials to the Consular waiting room’s entrance on Rio Danubio and place them in the sealed ballot box with the ACS representative outside.  You do not need to enter the Embassy or pass through additional screening to submit your voting materials.  If you are not submitting your ballot to the Embassy, please contact your nearest Consulate to inquire whether in-person ballot drop-off is available.

The last day U.S. Embassy Mexico City will accept ballots for the Louisiana run-off elections is 2:00 p.m. January 5 or you may mail your ballot in its sealed voting envelope to:

U.S. Embassy Mexico City
American Citizen Services, Room 101
Voting Assistance Officer
Av. Paseo de la Reforma 305
Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500
Ciudad de Mexico

Where can I send other questions?  For more information visit the Louisiana Secretary of State’s webpage for Military and Overseas voters, contact your registrar’s office, or VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

General Information

Voting by Absentee Ballot from Mexico

All U.S. states have procedures to send ballots electronically to absentee voters.  Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you can get your ballot by email, fax, or the Internet.  To start, go to the FVAP website to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the document, then return it to your local election office in the United States.  We recommend U.S. citizens living abroad complete the FPCAs each January.  If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you will receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices.  Most states now have voter registration verification websites, and many states offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.

If you are a U.S. citizen abroad, you should send a new FPCA each year to receive an absentee ballot for all federal elections within that calendar year.  By submitting a new FPCA each year, you will also ensure your contact information is up-to-date with your local election office.

How U.S. Citizens Abroad Vote:

First-time voters and those who will turn 18 on or before November 3, may use the FPCA to vote by absentee ballot from abroad.  The FPCA is your official U.S. ballot request.  In order to be prepared to vote and receive your official absentee ballot, we suggest that you register using this form as soon as possible.  It takes only a few quick steps to make sure your vote is counted no matter where you are in the world.

What the Embassy Can Do:

Voting Assistance Officers are here to answer all your voting questions as well as provide voting forms, materials, and guidance.  If you have questions, or would like to receive voting materials in Mexico, please write to one of the email addresses below:

VoteMexicoCity@state.gov VoteMerida@state.gov
VoteCiudadJuarez@state.gov VoteMonterrey@state.gov
VoteGuadalajara@state.gov VoteNogales@state.gov
VoteHermosillo@state.gov VoteNuevoLaredo@state.gov
VoteMatamoros@state.gov VoteTijuana@state.gov

 

Updates Due to COVID-19: 

Mission Mexico is currently operating with limited emergency services only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some locations might accept ballots in person for the December 2020 and January 2021 run-off elections, health and safety conditions permitting.  Please see deadlines above.

You can return your ballot to your local election office in various ways, depending on your state’s requirements, including local courier services, diplomatic pouch mail forwarded by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, fax, or email.  The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from Embassies and Consulates to a U.S. sorting facility for voting materials.  Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by the Embassy or a Consulate and your ballot must be in a pre-paid envelope.

If you have questions about how to mail your ballot, please contact us at:  VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.  You can download a U.S. postage-paid envelope for your ballot.

Contacting the Federal Voting Assistance Program:

If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program or need help with the absentee voting process, please visit https://www.fvap.gov, call 001-800-438-8683 (toll-free, direct dial from Mexico), or email vote@fvap.gov.

Election updates:  

To learn more about election updates in your state please go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program guide.

Absentee voting is a simple two step process.  Every year, send a completed FPCA to your local election officials.  They confirm your eligibility to vote and put your name on a list to receive absentee ballots for any elections held that calendar year.  They send you a blank absentee ballot electronically or by mail.  Then, you complete the ballot and return it before your state’s deadline.  If you haven’t received your blank ballot 30 days before an election, don’t wait any longer, use the emergency Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to vote.

 

To vote from abroad, you must register to vote with local election officials in your st0ate of residence.  Every year, you must request absentee ballots.  You can use one form to do both:  the FPCA.  Submit a new FPCA in January of each year, every time you move, change your address, change your email, or change your name.

You can always return your FPCA by mail.  In addition, many states allow you to return your FPCA by fax or email.  Consult the your state’s current instructions.

If you need help completing or submitting the form, contact the voting assistance officer at VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

Forty-five days before the November general elections, your state will either send your blank ballot to you electronically or mail it to the address you provided on your FPCA.

Ballots are generally mailed out only 30 days before primary, special, and run-off elections.  Depending on your state and your status abroad, you may receive absentee ballots for all elections or abbreviated ballots for elections for federal offices only.

Complete your ballot carefully and legibly and return it to your local election officials before your state’s ballot receipt deadline.  Send it back as early as possible.

Overseas voters have several options for returning completed ballots:

  • Local mail – If you have access to reliable mail service to the United States, put your ballot in the mail with appropriate international postage.
  • U.S. Embassy Pouch/APO/FPO – You can mail your ballot request or voted ballot to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for return to the United States.  It must be addressed to your local election officials and have sufficient postage or be in a postage-paid envelope.  A postage-paid envelope is available on the FVAP website.
  • Fax, Email, or Internet – Several states now allow the electronic return of voted ballots. Consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Voting Assistance Guide for electronic transmission options for your state.
  • Express Courier Service – If time is short or local mail is unreliable, you can use professional courier services such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS.
  • U.S. Embassy Mexico City American Citizen Services, Room 101 Voting Assistance Officer  Av. Paseo de la Reforma 305  Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500 Ciudad de Mexico
  • U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez Voting Assistance Officer   Paseo de la Victoria 3650 Fracc. Partido Senecu, 32543 Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua
  • U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara Voting Assistance Officer   Calle Progreso 175 Col. Americana, 44160 Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo Voting Assistance Officer   Avenida Monterrey 141 Col. Esqueda, 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora
  • U.S. Consulate General Matamoros Voting Assistance Officer   Calle Constitución No. 1 Colonia Jardín, 87330 Matamoros, Tamaulipas
  • U.S. Consulate General Merida Voting Assistance Officer   Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31 Col. Alcala Martin, 97050 Merida, Yucatan
  • U.S. Consulate General Monterrey Voting Assistance Officer   Ave. Alfonso Reyes 150 Col. Valle del Poniente, 66196 Santa Catarina, Nuevo León
  • U.S. Consulate General Nogales Voting Assistance Officer   Calle San José s/n Fraccionamiento los Alamos, 84065 Nogales, Sonora
  • U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo Voting Assistance Officer   Paseo Colon 1901 Col. Madero, 88260 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
  • U.S. Consulate General Tijuana Voting Assistance Officer   Paseo de las Culturas s/n Mesa de Otay, Delegación Centenario, 22425 Tijuana, Baja California
  • Fax, Email, or Internet – Several states now allow the electronic return of FPCA and/or ballots. Consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Voting Assistance Guide for electronic transmission options for your state.
  • Express Courier Service – You may use professional courier services such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS.

 

If you have not received your ballot 30 days before the election, you should complete and submit a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  Write in the candidates of your choice, print it, sign it, and send it to your local election officials.  If your regular absentee ballot arrives later, fill it out and send it back too.  Your FWAB will be counted only if your regular ballot does not reach your local election officials by your state’s deadline.  Following this procedure will not invalidate your vote or result in two votes being cast.

Almost all U.S. citizens 18 years or older who reside outside the United States are eligible to vote absentee for candidates for federal offices in U.S. primary and general elections.  In addition, some states allow overseas citizens to vote for candidates for state and local offices, as well as for state and local referendums.  For information regarding your specific state, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Voting Assistance Guide or the Overseas Vote Foundation website.  The Overseas Vote Foundation is a non-partisan voter advocacy organization.

For voting purposes, your state of legal residence is generally the state where you resided immediately before leaving the United States, even if you no longer own or rent property or intend to return there in the future.  Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia specifically allow U.S. citizens who have never resided in the United States to register where a parent would be eligible to vote.  Direct your questions about eligibility to your local election officials.

All elections in the United States are run at the state and local level.  If local election officials have questions about your form, they will contact you.  We recommend you return your form at the beginning of the calendar year, or at least forty-five days before the election to provide time for voting officials to process your request and resolve any problems.  Once approved, your name will be put on a list of voters to receive absentee ballots.

Most states now have websites where you can verify your registration.  If you are unsure of your voter registration status, or want to confirm that local officials have received and approved your registration, check the FVAP website for a directory of state voter registration verification websites.  You can also write, email, or call your local election officials directly.

Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues you care about.

Voting for candidates for federal offices does not affect your federal or state tax liability.  Voting for candidates for state or local offices could affect your state tax liability.  Consult legal counsel if you have questions.