Remember, U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 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.
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:
The absolute final date to return your paper ballot to your local election officials by election day for free via the U.S. Embassy is October 15, 2018. We strongly encourage you, however, to drop off ballots as soon as possible if returning by mail. If you wish to drop off your ballot, place it in either a postage-paid envelope or envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials. You can drop off your completed voting ballots at the embassy, addressed to your local election officials, during the following hours: from 8:30 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday (NOTE: October 8 and October 28 are U.S. and Czech holidays, respectively). Please bring some form of ID, preferably your U.S. passport. Ballots should be sealed but will be x-rayed for security reasons. Most are postage-paid but if the envelope indicates it needs a stamp please put one there, or we will put it inside an outer postage-paid envelope. We will send completed ballots via diplomatic pouch to the United States. Transit times can vary, so please plan ahead.
Missed the U.S. embassy shipment deadline? 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 6, 2018 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. If you have previously registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot but it has not yet arrived, please review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov carefully for further guidance. Depending on your voting state, you may be eligible to email or fax your ballot.
Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using the Czech Republic’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Ballots sent via regular international mail from some countries at this late date are unlikely to reach
local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines. On average, mail from the Czech Republic typically reaches destinations in the United States in about 2-3 weeks.
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.
Have Questions? Please contact U.S. Embassy Prague’s Voting Assistance Officer at VotePrague@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 toll free by phone 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.