Message for U.S. Citizens – Time is Running Out to Cast Your Ballot

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 elections, it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  A ballot drop box will remain available at the U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s North Gate from 8:00am to 2:30pm until November 3.  If voters choose to use the U.S. Embassy’s services to mail their ballots, they should drop their ballot no later than Friday, October 16 for any chance of it reaching the United States Postal Service before the November 3 election.  Please see the information below for alternatives to send your ballot.

Never received your ballot?  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 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.

For instructions on how to vote from Cyprus, please see instructions on our website and previous announcements.  For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or FVAP.gov.

RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:

Note that 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.  Please also check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.

If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have someone drop it off for you, place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials.  Ballots sealed in properly addressed postage paid return envelopes (available at FVAP.gov) OR in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage are accepted at U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s North Gate on Metochiou Street, every business day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The U.S. Embassy cannot print, seal, or address your ballot or envelope for you.

Missed the U.S. Embassy shipment deadline?  Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state.  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.  Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your ballot by international mail delivery.  Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines, so you may need to consider another method.  If using the Republic of Cyprus’ postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.

Have Questions?  Please contact U.S. Embassy Nicosia’s Voting Assistance Officer at ACSNicosia@state.gov.  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.

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.