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

Message for U.S. Citizens
September 28, 2020
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 Ecuador 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 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.


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 or Consulate as soon as possible.  The Embassy and Consulate will continue to forward ballots, but if you delay your ballot 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.

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 (PDF 135kb) (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials.  Then bring it to the U.S. Embassy in Quito on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Envelopes must be sealed and addressed to the voters’ election commission.

Please note that when you come to drop off your ballot you will be required to enter the U.S. Embassy.  You may not enter with any bags or electronic devices.  Please leave them in your vehicle or with someone you know.  Face masks are always mandatory.  Please maintain social distancing (6 feet, 2 meters).

Concerned that your ballot will not arrive on time?  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.  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 3 prior to payment and shipment.  Check your state’s voting procedures at for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  Review your state’s voting procedures at carefully for guidance.


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 or Consulate Voting Assistance Officers or private U.S. citizen volunteers at the following event(s):  Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at U.S. Embassy Quito
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil.

Have Questions? Please contact U.S. Embassy Quito Voting Assistance Officer at or the U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil voting officer at  You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing 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