Don’t Let the Elections Pass you By!

Voters in the State of Georgia have additional chances to make their voices heard this election cycle. The State of Georgia will hold two Special Elections runoffs for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats on January 5, 2021.

Deadline: Ballots for the U.S. Senate Special Election must be postmarked by January 5, 2021 and all ballots must be received by the 3rd day after the election.

If you are a U.S. citizen who votes in Georgia and already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote for the 2020 General Election, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot for the Special Election by the same method (email or mail) that you selected for receiving your General Election ballot. If you did not complete a FPCA and did not register to vote for the General Election, you still have time to vote in the Senate Special Elections! Georgia voters have until December 7, 2020 to register for the U.S. Senate Special Elections. You can complete a FPCA by going to FVAP.gov.

Returning Your Ballot

Just as for the 2020 General Election, the U.S. Embassy in Oslo is accepting FPCAs and ballots for the Georgia Special Elections for delivery to the United States Postal Service via diplomatic pouch. You may drop off your completed voting forms and ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Oslo Monday through Friday between 8am and 3pm at the main embassy entrance, Morgedalsvegen 36, 0378 Oslo. The guards outside will accept the FPCA or ballot envelope.  The person dropping off the envelope must present a valid I.D. and wait until the envelope has been scanned before leaving. You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing enough U.S. postage for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.

Please submit your ballots by December 16, 2020, to allow sufficient time for transit. Ballots received close to election dates will be forwarded but may arrive too late to be counted. Potential delays are possible due to COVID-19 and federal holidays. You may also mail your ballots to the Embassy, but if doing so you must still properly address your ballot envelope to your local election officials before placing it in a local mail envelope.

The Embassy’s mailing address is:

Embassy of the United States
American Citizen Services
U.S. Embassy Oslo
PO Box 4075 AMB
0244 Oslo

If using the Norwegian Postal Service to return your voting materials, be sure to affix enough international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Place Norwegian postage on your completed, signed, and dated FPCA or voted ballot, and mail it directly to the local election officials in the state where you vote. Make sure USA is indicated at the end of the address of your U.S. board of elections. We recommend that you speak to a Norwegian postal official to ensure you place enough postage for delivery.

You may also return your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL. 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 January 5th prior to payment and shipment.

Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources

Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Oslo’s Voting Assistance Officer at voteOslo@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts!