Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad
Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots
22 October 2014
Embassies and consulates are not polling places. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.
Never received your ballot? If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, should immediately 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, go ahead and 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.
Ballot not yet sent to local election officials? If you wish to participate in this election and have not yet sent your ballot to your local election official, you should consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL. Some states or counties may allow you to return your voted ballot electronically. 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 4 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 the following states allow voters to use email or fax to send signed, voted Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots to local election officials: Arizona, California (fax only), Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii (fax only), Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska (paper copy must also be mailed), Nevada, New Jersey (paper copy must also be mailed), New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon (paper copy must also be mailed), South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
Returning your ballot by mail. Ballots sent via regular international mail at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines. If you still wish to send your voted ballot via mail, place your voted ballot in a U.S. postage-paid envelope addressed to your local election officials. Drop it off at the Embassy and we’ll send it back home for you without the need to pay international postage. If you can’t visit the Embassy in person, ask a friend or colleague drop it off for you. If it’s easier for you to use Ireland’s 's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.
Sending completed forms via Diplomatic pouch to the East Coast takes approximately ten to fifteen business days. Processing of mail at the diplomatic pouch facility in the Washington, D.C. area and onward delivery by the U.S. Postal Service to local election officials across the U.S. can take another one to four business days. Please be advised the Embassy cannot guarantee the length of time the diplomatic pouch mail will take to get to the U.S.
The American Citizens Services unit at the Embassy will place an ink date stamp on the envelope of your completed sealed ballot as evidence of the date and location from which the ballot was mailed. However, this is not a postmark.
If it’s more convenient for you, you can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via normal international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.
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.
Need help? You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Voting Assistance Officers or private U.S. citizen volunteers at the following event(s):
The American Citizens Services Unit is open between the hours 0830 hours and 1600 hours, Monday to Friday excluding Irish and U.S. holidays. Outside of these hours, you can still drop your completed sealed ballot into the drop-box which is located in the Embassy’s security office.
Have Questions? Please contact U.S. Embassy Dublin’s Voting Assistance Officer at (01) 237-5810/5809 or at VoteDublin@state.gov
Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.
VOTING IS NOW EASIER THAN EVER BEFORE:
Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States. We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it's easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll 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 offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.
IMPORTANT NOTE: States are no longer required to automatically send ballots to voters for an entire election cycle so everyone who wants to vote in U.S. elections from overseas should send in a new Federal Post Card Application in January of each year.
Follow link to the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website for information regarding Absentee Voting Informaton for U.S. Citizens Abroad.
Voting Officers post notices of upcoming elections, notarize ballot materials and perform similar voting-related duties. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides international toll-free access to the FVAP office and the automated Voting Information Service. For information about the election and deadline dates, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (email@example.com). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.
Contacting the Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Embassy Dublin
Should you wish to contact the Voting Assistance Officer you can through the Special Citizens Services Unit, by email: DublinVote@state.gov; by telephone: (01) 237-5809/5810 and/or by mail, addressed to Special Consular Services, U.S. Embassy, 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.