Message for U.S. Citizens: Two Weeks Until Election Day – Alternative Ways to Return Your Ballot…Fast

Message for U.S. Citizens
October 19, 2020
Two Weeks Until Election Day
Alternative Ways to Return Your Ballot…Fast

With only two weeks remaining before the November 3 Election Day, the U.S. Embassy in Quito and Consulate General in Guayaquil strongly recommend that you return your ballot electronically (by email, fax, or internet) if your state offers these options.  There are many mobile applications that allow users to convert a photograph to a fax if your state allows ballots to be returned this way.

If you must send a paper ballot, we urge you to use an express courier service as soon as possible to make sure your ballot arrives to your election official before your state’s deadline for receiving ballots.  Remember that some couriers do not ship to P.O. boxes.

If you are expecting a paper ballot by mail but have not received it, consider using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  Every state accepts the FWAB in lieu of the local ballot.  You can use the FWAB as an emergency, back-up option if you do not have time to return your local ballot.  To download the FWAB, visit the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program at

Ballots dropped off at the Embassy and Consulate General at this point would be unlikely to arrive to your state in time to be counted as delivery times to the United States are between 4-6 weeks.  That said, the Embassy and Consulate General will continue to accept ballots through Election Day.  Please see our website for up to date information on the days and times when you can drop off your ballot.

For more information on your state’s local requirements and deadlines, please visit If you have any questions, please contact or