Message for U.S. Citizens: Primary Elections Begin This Month – Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at FVAP.go

U.S. Mission, Ecuador
Message for U.S. Citizens
Primary Elections Begin This Month – Register and request your absentee ballots for all 2018 elections now at FVAP.gov
March 9, 2018

Location:

  • Ecuador

Event:

This year the entire House of Representatives and a third of the U.S. Senate are up for election. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in your state’s primary election as it will determine who is on the November 2018 general election ballot. To register and request your absentee ballot, visit FVAP.gov and complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

All upcoming election dates can be viewed on the election calendar at FVAP.gov.

Actions to Take:

FVAP recommends that all U.S. citizens overseas send in a FPCA every January to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal elections in 2018. Now is the time to update your mailing address and absentee ballot request information to reflect any changes since the 2016 general election.

To register and request your ballots, complete the FPCA using the online assistant (fvap.gov/military-voter/registration-ballots). You may also use the fillable PDF (fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf).

Assistance:

    • FVAP.gov: Select the state where you want to register to vote from the drop-down menu in the “Voters Start Here” box at the top left-hand side of FVAP.gov.
    • To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit FVAP’s contact page (fvap.gov/info/contact).

Return Your Completed Ballot:

Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may also drop off completed voting materials during regular business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Quito from 11:00 – 11:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil from 10:30 – 11:30, Monday through Thursday.  Place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov

 

Remember, your vote counts! VOTE Be absent but accounted for!


For further information about security in Ecuador:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Ecuador Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Quito located at Ave. Avigiras E12-170 y Ave. Eloy Alfaro, at +(593)(2) 398-5000. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(593)(2) 398-5000.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil located at Santa Ana St. and Jose Rodriguez Bonin Ave., San Eduardo at +(593)(4) 371-7000. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(593)(4) 371-7000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Dialing instructions within Ecuador:

  • Within the same city and from a land line use the last seven digits.
  • For calls from a mobile phone and for intercity telephone calls add the city code preceded by a 0.

Dialing instructions from the United States:

  • Add the 011 prefix for an international long distance line.