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June 23, 2021

Updated: April 23, 2021

Four Upcoming Elections: April 24 in Louisiana, May 1 in Texas, June 1 in New Mexico, and August 3 in Ohio

 

LOUISIANA

 

Louisiana’s Second Congressional District runoff election

  • REGISTER
    • February 17: Louisiana’s deadline to register by mail, email, or fax to vote. If mailed, registration materials must be postmarked by February 17. If e-mailed or faxed, registration materials must be received by February 17.
    • February 27: Louisiana’s deadline to register online to vote through GeauxVote Online Registration System. Overseas voters may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) to register to vote. Remember to address your application to your parish early voting clerk.
  • VOTE
  • April 20 at 2:00 p.m. CST: Deadline to submit your ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The Embassy will continue to accept ballots after this deadline but they may arrive too late to be counted.
  • April 20 at 4:30 p.m. CST: Louisiana’s deadline to request a ballot by mail.  You may request an absentee ballot through the GeauxVote Online Voter Portal or in writing through your Registrar of Voters Office.
  • April 24 at 8:00 p.m. CST: Louisiana’s deadline to receive mail-in ballots from abroad.

Registration requirements:

You must provide your Louisiana drivers license number or Louisiana special identification card number, if issued. If not issued, you must provide at least the last four digits of your social security number. If you don’t have any of these numbers, then you should attach one of the following items to your application: (a) a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or (b) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the your name and full home address.

Photo identification requirements:

Louisiana requires voters present photo identification (ID) before voting. Accepted forms of ID include a driver’s license, a Louisiana special ID, an LA Wallet digital driver’s license, a military ID, or some other generally recognized picture ID that contains your name and signature. For further information on voting requirements in Louisiana, visit the Louisiana Department of State website.

The general election will take place on April 24. Download your I Voted sticker.

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. We suggest you return your ballot as soon as possible. You do not need an appointment. Please bring your completed and sealed voting materials and check in with our staff member at the Embassy’s main entrance on Reforma Avenue. Our greeter will direct you to the waiting room where you will place your sealed voting materials in the ballot box. If you are not submitting your ballot to the Embassy, please contact your nearest Consulate or Consular Agency to inquire whether in-person ballot drop-off is available. You may send questions to: VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

You may also 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

In order to mail election-related materials to the United States, you will need two envelopes. Address the first envelope to the U.S. Embassy at the mailing address above. Address the second envelope to your local state election office and enclose your FPCA or ballot inside. The second (internal) envelope needs to be postage-paid or have sufficient U.S. postage affixed to be delivered to your local election office from the U.S. sorting facility in Texas where it will be mailed. Seal the second envelope, place it inside the first envelope, and mail the package to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States.

Texas

 

There will be no online voting registration or same-day registration.  Marked ballots may not be e-mailed under Texas law, regardless of voter’s status.

  • Register
    • March 19: Deadline to drop off voter registration materials at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  The embassy will continue to accept registration materials after this deadline.
    • April 1: Deadline to register to vote.  If mailed, registration materials must be postmarked by April 1.  If e-mailed or faxed, registration materials must be received by April 1. If faxing, the applicant must submit the original application by mail to the early voting clerk so that the early voting clerk receives the original no later than the 4th business day after receiving the faxed FPCA.
  • Vote
    • April 20: Texas’s deadline to request a ballot by mail (request must be received, not postmarked, by this date).  You may download an application to vote by mail here, or the Spanish version by calling +1 (800) 252-8683.  Overseas voters may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) to register to vote.  Remember to address your application to your county’s early voting clerk.  You may track your ballot here.
    • April 22 at 2:00 p.m. CST: Deadline to drop off sealed ballot form at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  The Embassy will continue to accept ballots after this deadline but they may arrive too late to be counted.
    • May 1: Ballots mailed to Texas must be postmarked by before May 1.
    • May 6: Texas’s deadline to receive a ballot by mail from overseas citizens, postmarked no later than May 1. Ballots may not be e-mailed under Texas law, regardless of voter’s status.

Registration requirements

You must provide your driver’s license number to register to vote.  If you do not have a driver’s license then you will have to provide at least the last four digits of your social security number. If you have neither, please write “NONE” on the form.  A unique identifying number will instead be assigned to you by your State.

Embassy drop off instructions

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.  We suggest you return your ballot as soon as possible.  You do not need an appointment.  Please bring your completed and sealed voting materials and check in with our greeter at the Embassy’s main entrance on Reforma Avenue.  Our greeter will direct you to the waiting room where you will place your sealed voting materials in the ballot box.  If you are not submitting your ballot to the Embassy, please contact your nearest Consulate or Consular Agency to inquire whether in-person ballot drop-off is available.  You may send questions to: VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

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

In order to mail election-related materials to the United States, you will need two envelopes.  Address the first envelope to the U.S. Embassy at the mailing address above.  Address the second envelope to your local state election office and enclose your FPCA or ballot inside.  The second (internal) envelope needs to be postage-paid or have sufficient U.S. postage affixed to be delivered to your local election office from the U.S. sorting facility in Texas where it will be mailed.  Seal the second envelope, place it inside the first envelope, and mail the package to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States.

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, be sure to 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:
  • Updates Due to COVID-19:
    Mission Mexico is currently operating with emergency services and limited routine appointments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our website for information on the operating status of the Embassy and Consulates.
    You may 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.

NEW MEXICO

 

New Mexico First Congressional District Special Election

REGISTER

  • April 26 at 2:00 p.m. CST: Deadline to drop off voter registration materials at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  The embassy will continue to accept registration materials after this deadline.
  • May 4: New Mexico’s deadline to register to vote. You may submit your application via mail or email to your local county clerk’s office.  If mailed, registration materials must be postmarked by May 4.  If e-mailed, registration materials must be received by May 4.

VOTE

  • May 18: New Mexico’s deadline to request a ballot by mail (request must be received, not postmarked, by this date).  You may request your ballot here.
  • May 25: Deadline to request a ballot for secure electronic transmission of the ballot. Look up your local country clerk’s email here.
  • May 25 2:00 p.m. CST: Deadline to drop off sealed ballot form at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  The Embassy will continue to accept ballots after this deadline but they may arrive too late to be counted.
  • June 1 8:00 p.m. CST: New Mexico’s deadline to receive a ballot by mail, or email from overseas citizens, postmarked no later than June 1.

Registration requirements

You do not have to present a photo ID to vote in a New Mexico state election. Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe, or pueblo that shows your name and current address.

Embassy drop off instructions

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.  We suggest you return your ballot as soon as possible.  You do not need an appointment.  Please bring your completed and sealed voting materials and check in with our greeter at the Embassy’s main entrance on Reforma Avenue.  Our greeter will direct you to the waiting room where you will place your sealed voting materials in the ballot box.  If you are not submitting your ballot to the Embassy, please contact your nearest Consulate or Consular Agency to inquire whether in-person ballot drop-off is available.  You may send questions to: VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

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 México

In order to mail election-related materials to the United States, you will need two envelopes.  Address the first envelope to the U.S. Embassy at the mailing address above.  Address the second envelope to your local state election office and enclose your FPCA or ballot inside.  The second (internal) envelope needs to be postage-paid or have sufficient U.S. postage affixed to be delivered to your local election office from the U.S. sorting facility in Texas where it will be mailed.  Seal the second envelope, place it inside the first envelope, and mail the package to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States.

OHIO

Ohio Eleventh Congressional District special election

REGISTER

  • June 25, 2:00 p.m. CST: Deadline to drop off voter registration materials at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  The embassy will continue to accept registration materials after this deadline.
  • July 5: Ohio’s deadline to register to vote. You may register to vote online or by mail. Click here to register to vote.

VOTE

  • July 23: Ohio’s deadline to request a ballot to vote by mail. Request your ballot here.
  • July 26: Deadline to drop off sealed ballot form at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.  The Embassy will continue to accept ballots after this deadline but they may arrive too late to be counted.
  • August 2: Ohio’s deadline to receive absentee ballots by mail (postmark date must be no later than August 2)

Registration requirements

Ohio requires the following forms of identification when registering online: Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, address, date of birth, name, and the last four digits of your Social Security number.

If you plan to register by mail and do not provide either an Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number, you must enclose with your application a copy of one of the following forms of identification: Current and valid photo identification, a military identification, or a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Embassy drop off instructions

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.  We suggest you return your ballot as soon as possible.  You do not need an appointment.  Please bring your completed and sealed voting materials and check in with our greeter at the Embassy’s main entrance on Reforma Avenue.  Our greeter will direct you to the waiting room where you will place your sealed voting materials in the ballot box.  If you are not submitting your ballot to the Embassy, please contact your nearest Consulate or Consular Agency to inquire whether in-person ballot drop-off is available.  You may send questions to: VoteMexicoCity@state.gov.

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

In order to mail election-related materials to the United States, you will need two envelopes.  Address the first envelope to the U.S. Embassy at the mailing address above.  Address the second envelope to your local state election office and enclose your FPCA or ballot inside.  The second (internal) envelope needs to be postage-paid or have sufficient U.S. postage affixed to be delivered to your local election office from the U.S. sorting facility in Texas where it will be mailed.  Seal the second envelope, place it inside the first envelope, and mail the package to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States.

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, be sure to 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:

Updates Due to COVID-19:

Mission Mexico is currently operating with emergency services and limited routine appointments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see our website for information on the operating status of the Embassy and Consulates.

You may 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 Basics

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.

Registration/Absentee Ballot Request

To vote from abroad, you must register to vote with local election officials in your state 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.

Receiving your Blank Absentee Ballot

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 might receive absentee ballots for all elections or abbreviated ballots for elections for federal offices only.

Voting and Returning Your Ballot

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 may 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 may use professional courier services such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS.

Mailing addresses for the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico: 

  • 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.

Using an Emergency Write-In Ballot

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.

Voting Eligibility

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.

Role of 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.

Verifying Your Registration

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.

Be an Educated Voter

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

Voting and Taxes

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.