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 https://www.fvap.gov/fwab-privacy-notice.
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.
To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States.
We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices. Most states now have voter registration verification websites, and many offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.
I have my ballot and pre-printed envelope, where and when can I drop it off?
You can drop off your ballot inside a pre-printed envelope at the time and locations specified below:
U.S. Embassy Quito
Tuesdays between 09h00 and 12h00
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 and will be required to leave your phone at the security desk. Face masks are mandatory at all times. Please maintain social distancing (6 feet, 2 meters).
U.S. Consulate Guayaquil
Tuesdays and Thursdays between 09h00 and 12h00
Please make sure you check the holiday calendar for possible dates that the Consular Section might not be open.