Message for U.S. Citizens: Instructions for Registering and Voting Overseas

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI

Message for U.S. Citizens

June 5, 2020

Instructions for Registering and Voting Overseas

Location:  Kenya

Event: Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy and can be done from anywhere in the world!

Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register.  Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.  Once you confirm your registration, follow a few simple steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections:

  1. Request Your Ballot: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).  The completion of the FPCA allows 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.  FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory.  FVAP’s easy online assistantcan assist you with completing the FPCA.Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option to receive your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available.  This is the fastest way for you to get your ballot and ensures you will have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.

 

  1. 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.  Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.

 

  1. Return Your Completed, Signed 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, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or you can drop off completed voting materials at U.S. Embassy Nairobi on any business day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Please note that it can take up to four to eight weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent from the Embassy.  You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage and address it to the relevant local election authorities.If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteNairobi@state.gov.

Please note that routine consular services at U.S. Embassy Nairobi remain suspended.  We hope to resume these services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time. The pandemic disrupted international diplomatic mail shipments; for those that will submit a ballot by mail, we urge you to submit your ballots early.  If you plan to drop off a mail-in ballot at the Embassy, please first contact us at VoteNairobi@state.gov

Researching the Candidates and Issues Online:  Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to 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 online.  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 (vote@fvap.gov).  FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).

Upcoming Elections: 

The following states have elections in the next 90 days:

P- Presidential Primary; S- State Primary; D- District Primary; T- Territory Primary

** Denotes a recent change in date

Note: This information is current as of May 1, 2020.  Election dates marked with an asterisk are updated and state approved.  As further changes may occur, please check the election calendars and state pages at FVAP.gov for real-time information.  Find your state’s primary election dates on the FVAP.gov/guide/appendix/state-elections website. To find your state’s election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit our contact page.

June 2020 

June 7: Puerto Rico (P,T)

June 9: Georgia (P,S); Nevada (S); North Dakota (S); South Carolina (S); **West Virginia (P,S)

June 20: **Louisiana (P)

June 23: **Kentucky (P,S); Mississippi (State Primary Runoff); **New York (P,S); North Carolina (Federal Primary Runoff); South Carolina (State Primary Runoff); **Virginia (S)

June 30: Colorado (S); Oklahoma (S); Utah (S)

July 2020 

July 7: **New Jersey (P,S)

July 14: Alabama (State Primary Runoff); **Maine (S); Texas (State Primary Runoff)

August 2020 

August 1: Virgin Islands (T)

August 4: Arizona (S); Kansas (S); Michigan (S); Missouri (S); Washington (S)

August 6: Tennessee (S)

August 8: **Hawaii (S)

August 11: **Connecticut (P,S); Georgia (State Primary Runoff); Minnesota (S); Vermont (S); Wisconsin (S)

August 18: Alaska (S); Florida (S); Wyoming (S)

August 25: Oklahoma (State Primary Runoff)

August 29: Guam (S)

Note on COVID-19:  FVAP is working closely with state election offices, the Department of State, and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information on state election date changes and mailing delays.  The FVAP.gov/COVID-19 page will provide updates and links to state-specific COVID-19 election impacts.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Avenue, Gigiri

+254 (0) 20 363 6451

+254 (0) 20 363 6170 (after hours)

VoteNairobi@state.gov

https://ke.usembassy.gov/embassy/nairobi/

State Department – Consular Affairs

+1-888-407-4747 for calls from the United States or Canada

+1-202-501-4444 for calls from overseas (Kenya)

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