Message for U.S. Citizens: Submit Your Ballot Today!

The November 2020 election is fast approaching!  Most states have already sent ballots to registered voters.  Once you receive your ballot, complete and return it immediately to ensure your vote gets counted.

How do I return my completed ballot?  Most states require that ballots reach state election officials before voting closes on election day (Tuesday, November 3).  Many states now allow ballots to be returned electronically.  If your state requires ballots by mail, you can send them through the U.S. Embassy’s diplomatic pouch.

Simply print a postage paid return envelope from FVAP.gov and drop off your ballot 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. Due to COVID-related shipping delays, the Embassy cannot guarantee that ballots submitted after this date will reach election officials before state deadlines.  If you submit a paper ballot after October 2, your best option to make sure your vote arrives in time is to use a courier service such as FedEx or DHL.

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 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.

Additional Questions

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 atVoteManagua@state.gov or at 2252-7161 during business hours.