US Citizens Outside The Country May Still Vote, Following These Guidelines:

US Citizens Outside The Country May Still Vote, Following These Guidelines:

The U.S. general elections are under three weeks away! The U.S. Embassy is not a polling location where you can vote on Election Day, so send in your ballot as soon as possible!

This message is shared as a courtesy. The content is from the US State Department, specifically the US Embassy in Bogotá. Contact information is below.

If you have registered as an absentee voter but have not received your local ballot, double-check your email inboxes and spam folders. 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. If you send a FWAB and subsequently receive your local ballot, you can vote with the local ballot, too – your election official will count only your local ballot, and you will not be voting twice.

To download the FWAB, visit the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

With limited time left to vote overseas, the U.S. Embassy strongly recommends that you return your ballot electronically (by email, fax, or internet) if your state offers these options. If you must send a paper ballot, consider using an express courier service as soon as possible. Make sure your ballot arrives at your election official before Election Day. Remember that some couriers do not ship to P.O. boxes.

For more information on your state’s local requirements and deadlines, visit If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Remember, your vote counts!


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