Don’t Let the Elections Pass you By!

ACT NOW!  If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, do not 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.  Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3. 

 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. 

 RETURNING YOUR BALLOT: 

 Voters returning ballots by mail should do so as soon as possible.  Please check the regulations in your state, as deadlines may differ, and you may be able to vote electronically or by fax.  

·       Missed the U.S. Embassy Diplomatic Pouch deadline?  Consider returning 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.   

 ·       Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  Review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov carefully for guidance. 

 ·       Using the DoD Fax Service.  This service is for voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials, including U.S. citizens overseas.  To fax your election materials, use the FVAP Transmission Cover Sheet and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683.  If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine, you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you.  This service is fax only.  If your state accepts your election materials by email, you should email them directly to your election official.  FVAP will not transmit email-to-email transactions. 

 ·       Returning your ballot by international mail delivery.  If using Norway’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. 

 ·       Using the Diplomatic Pouch to mail your ballots.  The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from embassies to a U.S. sorting facility.  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.  While the October 6 submission deadline to allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems has passed, you may still use this service.  Ballots will still be forwarded, but they may arrive too late to be counted.  Review complete instructions for dropping-off your ballots at the Embassy. 
 

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.   

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov. 

 Have Questions?

Please contact Embassy Oslo’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteOslo@state.gov.  For instructions on how to vote from Norway 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 or FVAP.gov.