October 12, 2020: Message to U.S. Citizens: Recommended Deadline (Wednesday, October 14) to Return Completed Ballots Approaching

October 12, 2020

There are less than 25 days left until the General Election on November 3!

Already received your requested ballot?

If you are mailing your completed, signed ballot to your U.S. election official, you may drop it off at the Embassy between 1:00pm to 2:30pm Sunday through Wednesday.  We will mail it for you free of charge.  Only use a postage-paid envelope to return your ballot.  Please be sure to write your local Kuwait address on the envelope.  If you are unable to print an envelope via FVAP, you may collect one when you drop off your ballot at the Embassy.  Please email us at VoteKuwait@state.gov if you are unable to drop off voting materials during this time.

 We recommend you drop off your ballot by this Wednesday, October 14, to account for transit times and ensure timely delivery.  The Consular Section will continue to accept ballots after this date and mail them but we cannot guarantee that they will arrive to the United States on time to be counted.  You may consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL for quick delivery if you are sending your completed ballot after October 14th.

As a reminder, many states allow voters to return their ballots electronically either by fax or email.  Considering the impact of COVID-19 on mail globally, this should be the first option you consider as it is the easiest and fastest way to ensure your ballot is received on time and counted.  Information on how to vote absentee and which states allow for electronic submission of ballots can be found at FVAP.gov.

Requested your ballot but have not received it?

If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  It works like a backup ballot and ensures your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline.  If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and return it as well. Your FWAB will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Only one will be counted.

 Still need to register and/or request your ballot?

It might not be too late!  Some states’ registration and ballot request deadlines have not already passed.  Check your State’s voter registration and ballot request deadlines by selecting your state at FVAP.gov.

If you have not registered yet, you must do so before your state’s deadline to vote in this election.  Be sure to check your state’s deadline.  Unfortunately, some state deadlines have already passed. If you are already registered but still need to request your ballot, do so as soon as possible!

You can check your registration status by contacting your election office.  You may find their contact information here.