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Message to U.S. Citizens: Georgia U.S. Senate Special Runoff Election – November 16, 2020
January 29, 2018

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Guatemala City, Guatemala

Message to U.S. Citizens: Georgia U.S. Senate Special Runoff Election – November 16, 2020

The state of Georgia will hold a special senate runoff election on January 5, 2021.  If you are registered to vote in Georgia, you should automatically receive your ballot by November 21, 2020.  If you are not registered to vote in Georgia, the registration deadline for this special election is December 7, 2020.

Visit https://www.fvap.gov/georgia to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.

If you do not receive your ballot on time, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline.  If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline.  Your vote will not be counted twice.

Since Georgia requires you to return 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 from https://www.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 Thursday, December 10, 2020.

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


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888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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