Message for U.S. Citizens – Options to Return your Absentee Ballot!  

Missed the  U.S. Mission in Brazil October 2 target date to mail your absentee ballot? DON’T DESPAIR, BUT ACT NOW if you plan to vote in the November 2020 election! 

Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day, in-person voting is not available outside of the United States.  Many states require completed ballots reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3. 


1) U.S. EMBASSY AND CONSULATES GENERAL DROP-OFF/MAIL OPTIONS:  You may continue to dropoff ballots by appointment or send your ballot to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General for forwarding to the United States.  NOTE: Ballots received after October 2, 2020 will be forwarded, but may arrive too late to be counted.  Please check the regulations for the state in which you are registered to vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options, such as by email or fax.  

If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have someone else 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.   

If you would like us to forward your ballot for you, please mail your prepared, sealed ballot to the U.S. Embassy or nearest Consulate General.  To do so, place your completed ballot in a postage-paid envelope addressed to your local election officials.  Then, place the sealed envelope in a separate envelope, addressed to the U.S. Embassy or nearest Consulate General, with the words “VOTING MATERIAL ENCLOSED” printed on the front of the envelope.  Specific mailing address information for the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia or nearest Consulate General is listed below.  Please note that submitted ballots must be sealed.   

U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03,
70403-900 – Brasilia, DF.  

Ballots can be mailed or dropped off by appointment on Mondays and Fridays.  For additional information, or to request an appointment, please contact Brasilia’s Voting Assistance Officer at 

U.S. Consulate General Sao Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant 500, Chacara Santo Antonio,
04709-110 – Sao Paulo, SP.  

Ballots can be mailed or dropped off by appointment on Tuesdays and Fridays.  For additional information, or to request an appointment, please contact Sao Paulo’s Voting Assistance Officer at   

U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Presidente Wilson, 147 (Rua Mexico entrance) – Centro,
20030-020 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ.   

Ballots can be mailed to the consulate or dropped off in the marked ballot box inside the consular entrance without an appointment, during working hours (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Consular Agency Salvador will accept ballots by mail or ballots can be dropped off by appointment.  For additional information, or to request an appointment in Salvador, please contact Rio de Janeiro’s Voting Assistance Officer at   

U.S. Consulate General Recife 
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163, Bairro Boa Vista,
50070-125 – Recife, PE.   

U.S. Consulate General Recife is accepting ballots by mail only.  For additional information please contact Recife’s Voting Assistance Officer at 

U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre
Rua Bezerra de Menezes, 82, Passo d’Areia
91350-130 – Porto Alegre, RS.   

Ballots can be mailed or dropped off by appointment.  For additional information or to request an appointment, please contact Porto Alegre’s Voting Assistance Officer at    

Completed ballots should not be mailed to or dropped off at the U.S. Consular Agencies in Fortaleza or Manaus.  Instead, send your ballot to the Embassy or Consulate General most convenient for you. 

2) RETURN YOUR BALLOT BY EMAIL OR FAX: You may be able to return your ballot or Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  Review your state’s voting procedures at carefully for guidance. 

3PRIVATE COMMERCIAL OPTIONSConsider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL.  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 for guidance. 

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  For instructions on how to vote from Brazil please see our website and our most recent messages to U.S. citizens.  For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or 

Have Questions?  Please contact Mission Brazil’s Voting Assistance Officers at:, and   

You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing 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