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Procedures to Mail your Ballot for the 2020 Elections
September 14, 2020

Message for U.S. CitizensThe U.S. general election is on November 3. If you are voting from overseas, some states require absentee ballots to be mailed, while other states also accept ballots via email.  Go to fvap.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.

If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Guatemala City’s Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).

The DPO provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility (for voting purposes only).  Make sure your voting materials are in a sealed envelope addressed to your election office.  You must include U.S. postage, or print off a pre-paid postage envelope from fvap.gov/eo/overview/materials/forms, to ensure delivery to the proper local election authorities.

If using the DPO, voting material can be mailed directly to the Embassy through Cargo Expreso or Guatex, or dropped off at the screening booth of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, located at the corner of 7 Street “A” and 1 Avenue in Zone 10.  The hours of acceptance are from 07:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday.  Please maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and stay home if you are sick.

We encourage all overseas U.S. citizens to return their ballots as early as possible. Due to the COVID-19 related restrictions and potential delays to outgoing mail, we advise that all forms and ballots be submitted to the U.S. Embassy by Friday, October 2.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City at VoteGuatemala@state.gov.

Remember, your vote counts! 


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