If you are sending your 2020 ballot through U.S. Embassy Manama, ballots can be dropped off at our blue Dropbox located next to the Visitor’s parking lot. The box is secured, emptied daily Sunday-Thursday and ballots can be dropped off at any time. Do not drop off a ballot without first placing it in a sealed, properly addressed envelope with correct U.S. postage or in a postage paid envelope available for download at FVAP.gov. We recommend all ballots be delivered to U.S. Embassy Manama as soon as possible, but no later than October 13, 2020.
Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for the House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote!
1. Register and Request Your Ballot: Annually you must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in order to receive a ballot at election time. Most states now allow voters to complete and submit their FPCA online, be sure to use the FPCA online assistant for state specific guidance. You must complete a new FPCA after January 1st every year to ensure you receive your ballot for any upcoming elections.
Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), the completion of the FPCA allows you to request an absentee ballot for any federal office election (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.
As mentioned, some states allow voters to register electronically, some even permit voters to vote electronically as well. We encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.
2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. If you do not received an absentee ballot 30 days prior to the election, you should complete and submit the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to ensure your vote is received in time to be counted.
3. Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot:
Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. Place your ballot in an envelope with sufficient domestic U.S. postage and address it to the relevant election official. You can also return election materials via international mail or commercial courier service at your own expense.
If you are sending your FPCA or ballot through U.S. Embassy Manama, election materials can be dropped off at our blue Dropbox located next to the Visitor’s parking lot. The box is secured, emptied daily Sunday-Thursday and ballots can be dropped off at any time. Do not drop off a ballot without first placing it in a sealed, properly addressed envelope with correct U.S. postage or in a postage paid envelope available for download at FVAP.gov. We recommend all ballots be delivered to U.S. Embassy Manama as soon as possible, but no later than October 13, 2020.