Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2020 U.S. Elections
Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for the House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2020 U.S. elections:
- Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov. You must complete a new FPCA after January 1, 2020 to ensure you receive a ballot for every federal election for which you are eligible throughout the 2020 election cycle.The completion of the FPCAallows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. All FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories.
You can use FVAP’s easy online assistantto walk you through the FPCA at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state) as this is the fastest way for you to get your ballot. Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA to your election office per the instructions on the website. FVAP.gov will tell you if your state accepts the FPCA by email, mail, or fax. If you must mail your FPCA, please see below for mailing options.
- Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
- Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, then you can do so free of charge at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials.
Please note that mailing times during past elections have been quite extensive causing some ballots to arrive after the voting deadline. The U.S. diplomatic mission to Brazil is unable to predict how long a ballot will take to arrive once mailed. You are highly encouraged to register your vote electronically when possible to avoid these delays.
If it’s more convenient for you, you can also return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.
U.S. Embassy Brasilia
SES – Av. das Nações, Quadra 801, Lote 03, 70403-900 – Brasilia, DF. Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For additional information please contact Brasilia’s Voting Assistance Officer at email@example.com.
U.S. Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte
Avenida do Contorno, 4520– Funcionários, Belo Horizonte, MG–30110-028. You can drop off your ballot in Belo Horizonte at the FIEMG front desk. Please let the front desk receptionist know that you are dropping off your “U.S. Vote” so they know where to direct it. For additional information please contact Brasilia’s Voting Assistance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Consulate General Rio de Janeiro
Avenida Presidente Wilson, 147 (Rua Mexico entrance) – Centro, 20030-020 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Rio de Janeiro’s Voting Assistance Officer at email@example.com.
U.S. Consulate General São Paulo
Rua Henri Dunant 500, Chacara Santo Antonio, 04709-110 – Sao Paulo, SP. Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. For additional information please contact São Paulo’s Voting Assistance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Consulate General Porto Alegre
Avenida Assis Brasil, 1889, Passo d’Areia, 91010-004 – Porto Alegre, RS. Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please contact Porto Alegre’s Voting Assistance Officer at email@example.com.
U.S. Consulate General Recife
Rua Goncalves Maia, 163, Bairro Boa Vista, 50070-125 – Recife, PE. Ballots can be dropped off without an appointment Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. For additional information please contact Recife’s Voting Assistance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Consular Agency Fortaleza
Torre Santos Dumont, Avenida Santos Dumont, 2828, Suite 708 – Aldeota 60150-162 – Fortaleza, CE. To schedule an appointment to drop off your ballot, please email email@example.com.
U.S. Consular Agency Manaus
Edifício Atrium, Rua Franco de Sá 310 – Sala 306, Sao Francisco, 69079-210 – Manaus, AM. To schedule a time to drop off your ballot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Consular Agency Salvador
Salvador Trade Center, Av. Tancredo Neves, 1632, sala 1401 – Torre Sul Caminho das Arvores, 41820-020 – Salvador, BA. To schedule a time to drop off your ballot email email@example.com.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain on-line. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (firstname.lastname@example.org). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov.
Remember, your vote counts!
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