If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to act now. Don’t wait, return your completed ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Many states require completed ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.
The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Pakistan, please see our website. 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.
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.
Returning your ballot:
Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically or via fax, so be sure to check your state’s regulations and see the image below:
If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots, please 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. To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems this means ballots should be received in the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad or Consulates General in Karachi and Lahore immediately. Ballots are still being forwarded but may arrive too late to be counted if you delay. 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.
The above timeline is based on current local and U.S. conditions, which are subject to change. Should conditions change and impact the timeline we will alert you. We strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible.
If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have a friend or colleague drop it off for you, place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or in an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials.
We are accepting ballots every working day! Please email U.S. Embassy Islamabad at ACSIslamabad@state.gov; U.S. Consulate General Karachi at ACSKarachi@state.gov; or U.S. Consulate General Lahore at ACSLahore@state.gov for instructions on how to drop off your ballot.
You may also consider 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 www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Pakistan’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for 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.
Help spread the word about overseas voting. Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media accounts that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.
If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, ballot collection, or need instructions on how to drop off your ballot, please contact Voting Assistance Officers in U.S. Embassy Islamabad at ACSIslamabad@state.gov; U.S. Consulate General Karachi at ACSKarachi@state.gov; or U.S. Consulate General Lahore at ACSLahore@state.gov.