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Message to U.S. Citizens: It’s Not Too Late To Vote. Send Your Ballot NOW.
October 19, 2020

Message for U.S. CitizensIf you missed the October 15 U.S. Embassy ballot shipment deadline, it’s still not too late to return your ballot to your Local Election Office. Review your state’s voting procedures at https://www.fvap.gov/ to learn if you can return your absentee ballot or Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.

Multiple international courier services in Guatemala have also announced discounted shipping rates for American Citizens mailing election materials to the United States.

FedEx has approved a 43% “overseas voter discount” for ballot-specific shipments to the United States.  DHL and Cargo Expreso are also offering a 20% discount on their regular cheapest rate for American Citizens returning ballots to the United States when mentioning that the envelope contains a mail-in ballot being shipped to the United States.

American Citizen voters should contact the respective companies for more information regarding the discounted rates for mail-in ballots.

NOTE: This information is listed solely as a courtesy for U.S. Citizen voters, and does not imply U.S. government endorsement or partnership with any private company.

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.   

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.

Please note, The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City continues to receive and forward ballots, however ballots received after October 15 may arrive too late to be counted.

Virtual Voting Assistance: 

The Federal Voting Assistance Program is offering recurring virtual voting assistance via Zoom for the next two weeks to provide direct support to overseas citizens.

Voters can participate in any of the meetings and speak with an FVAP Voting Ambassador who can answer questions about absentee voting, including inquiries about the FPCA and FWAB forms. Voters can also use the chat function to write their questions for the FVAP representatives. None of these sessions will be recorded nor will they be uploaded to social media.

The following virtual meeting times are intended to support those voters who are not able to call FVAP during regular business hours:

** Every Wednesday at 6:00AM EST **
FVAP Representative: Sean
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89965798879?pwd=MHJnbDhWZzQrTDNKNFowL0dPTnFWUT09
Meeting ID: 746 356 6929
Passcode: 234960

** Every Wednesday at 9:00PM EST **
FVAP Representative: Deana
Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6590837720?pwd=S3crV1dqU2hab1BUOW1ZNi9DcVkxUT09
Meeting ID: 659 083 7720
Passcode: p564bw

** Every Thursday at 7:00 AM EST **
FVAP  Representative: Kayla
Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9750035128?pwd=TFZnTHd2dkR6YVhxbWNlcVB2Vy9BUT09
Meeting ID: 975 003 5128
Passcode: 28Xx2X

Still Have Questions About Voting? 

Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City at voteguatemala@state.gov with any questions about voting overseas. You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing Vote@FVAP.gov or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Remember, your vote counts!

U.S. Embassy Guatemala City
Tel. (502) 2326-4000

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Guatemala Country Information and Travel Advisory Page

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