Alert: Return Your Completed Ballots for the U.S. General Elections

Location: Bogota, Colombia

Event: Return Your Completed Ballots for the U.S. General Elections

We are now less than 45 days from Election Day, November 3, 2020. The U.S. Embassy is here to help you send back your voted ballot to the United States. We recommend overseas voters return their ballots well before their state’s deadline to give ample time for the ballot to reach the United States

If you have not yet registered as an absentee voter and requested your ballot, don’t delay! Review our prior message here for further information on this important first step.

If you do not receive your ballot with ample time to return a completed ballot to the United States, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), which every state accepts in lieu of a local ballot. Voters should first attempt to obtain their ballot from their local election commission to ensure they can vote for all local elections and ballot initiatives before using the FWAB as an emergency, back-up option. For more information on the FWAB, see the video here. Please note that each state has specific deadlines for submitting completed ballots. Those deadlines can be found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.FVAP.gov.

Once you have obtained your ballot, you have several options to return it to your state’s election commission:

  1. Electronic: Many states accept the electronic return of ballots. Consult your local election official website or the voter guide on www.FVAP.gov for options for submission by fax, email, or internet for your state. We strongly recommend that you take advantage of electronic options if they are available.
  2. Express courier: You can send your ballot directly to your local election official via professional courier services such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS. (Note that FedEx does not deliver to P.O. Boxes.) We do not recommend using local mail services in Colombia to send your voted ballot.
  3. Embassy drop-off: If you are in Bogota, you or someone else can drop off your voted ballot at the U.S. Embassy at Carrera 45 No. 24B-27. We will forward it via diplomatic mail to the local election official to which is it addressed. If you use this option, we must have your voted ballot by September 25.
  4. Embassy mail: Alternately, you can place your ballot in an envelope addressed to your local election official with sufficient postage or in a postage-paid envelope. Take this sealed, postage-paid envelope and put it inside a second envelope addressed to:
    U.S. Embassy Bogota
    American Citizen Services
    Attention: Voting Assistance Officer
    Carrera 45 No. 24B-27
    Bogota, D.C
    Colombia 111321

    Send us the entire package to us, and we will send your voted ballot to your election official through the Embassy’s diplomatic mail. If you use this option, we must have your voted ballot by September 25.

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is not a polling location. You will not be able to cast a ballot here. But we can receive your ballot when dropped off or mailed AND facilitate the return of your ballot to your state’s election commission via diplomatic mail. For questions regarding voting assistance, please contact VoteBogota@state.gov.

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