Message to U.S. Citizens: Special Election for Texas Special Runoff Election in U.S. Congressional District 6, and Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional Districts 11 & 15
Submit your absentee ballot now for these special elections for federal office:
The following states have elections in the next 90 days:
July 27, 2021: Texas Special Runoff Election in U.S. Congressional District 6
August 3, 2021: Ohio Special Primary Election in U.S. Congressional Districts 11 & 15
The State of Texas will conduct a special runoff election on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 6th Congressional District, which includes parts of Ellis and Navarro counties and a portion of Tarrant County. Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens who are registering to vote for the first time can use the automated Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) completion tool available at fvap.gov/FPCA or use the fillable PDF version. Voters can send their completed and signed FPCA to their local election office by email, mail, or fax. If emailed or mailed, FPCAs must be received by the County no later than July 16. Email is strongly encouraged. (If faxed, fax must be received by July 16, and the original must be received by mail by the County on the 4th business day). Voters who receive their absentee ballot must return it by mail or fax (fax only if located in a hostile fire zone) and postmark by 7PM, July 27, 2021. Detailed instructions and county contact information are available at fvap.gov/texas.
The State of Ohio will conduct two special primary elections on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, to fill a vacancy for the 11th Congressional District, which includes parts of Cuyahoga and Summit counties, and for the 15th Congressional district, which includes all of Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Madison, Morgan, Perry, Pickaway, and Vinton counties, and parts of Athens, Fayette, Franklin, and Ross counties. Service members, eligible family members, and overseas citizens who are registering to vote for the first time can use the automated Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) completion tool available at or use the fillable PDF version. Voters can send their completed and signed FPCA to their local election office by EMAIL, MAIL, or FAX by July 6. Ohio voters already registered can use the FPCA to request their absentee ballot up until 12PM on July 31. Voters who receive their absentee ballot must send it by MAIL by 12:01 AM, August 3, 2021. Detailed instructions and county contact information are available at fvap.gov/ohio.
Voters from all states can verify the status of their voting materials by contacting their election office directly.
Voters who do not receive their requested ballot in time to return it by the ballot return deadline, can send the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to their election office as a backup ballot. If the voter’s official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, he or she may complete and submit the official ballot, too. Only one ballot will be counted.
FVAP offers an email-to-fax forwarding service for voters from states that do not allow email return of voted ballots. Voters who do not have access to a fax machine can email their completed ballot to fax@FVAP.gov and FVAP will forward the ballot as a fax to the appropriate election office.
If you choose to return your paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through a professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Guatemala City’s Diplomatic Post Office (DPO). The Embassy DPO can transport your ballot to a U.S. sorting facility (allowed for voting purposes only); however, your voting materials must be in a sealed envelope addressed to your election office. You also must include U.S. postage or print off a pre-paid postage envelope 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.
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 as early as possible.
If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to FVAP.gov, call 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
U.S. Embassy Guatemala City
Tel. (502) 2326-4000
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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