Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t 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 – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  For instructions on how to vote from Nicaragua, 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

Never Received Your Ballot?  If you have already registered to vote absentee, but have not yet received your ballot, you 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.


Note that the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline.  To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems, this means ballots must be received in the Embassy no later than October 2, 2020.  Ballots received after that date will be forwarded, but may arrive too late to be counted.  Please also check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.

The above timeline is based on current local and U.S. conditions, which are subject to change.  Should conditions change and impact the timeline we will alert you.   We strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible.

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 and drop it off between 7:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Managua by October 2, 2020.  There is a drop box located directly inside the security entrance.

Missed the U.S. embassy shipment deadline?  The Embassy will continue to forward ballots received after October 2, but they may arrive too late to be counted.  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.


Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to vote if you are overseas.  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 additional help?  For more information on voting and other U.S. citizen services provided by the Embassy, read our latest American Citizens Newsletter.

You can also contact the U.S. Embassy’s Voting Assistance Officer at or at 2252-7161 during business hours.