If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election, ACT NOW! Don’t wait, the election is only 3 weeks away and most states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.
EMAIL OR FAX YOUR BALLOT: Did you know that 26 U.S. states allow overseas voters to return their voted ballot electronically (email or upload), and 5 states allow you to return your voted ballot by fax? These are the fastest ways to return your ballot, so check out this website and select your state to see if these options are available.
VOTE BY MAIL: If you vote in one of the 20 states that require you to return your voted ballot by mail, we urge you to get your ballot in the mail THIS WEEK. At this point, we suggest you consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL. If using Germany’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, but be aware that ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date may not reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines.
BALLOT DROP-OFF: You may also drop off your voted ballot at the U.S. Embassy/Consulates in Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich, but due to COVID-19 delays on mail and shipping routes, we cannot guarantee your ballot will arrive in time to be counted. We are targeting this Thursday, October 15 as the final deadline for ballots to be mailed through the diplomatic pouch/Diplomatic Post Office.
Berlin: Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 4:30pm at the U.S. Embassy in Mitte near the Brandenburg gate at the corner of Ebertstraße and Behrenstraße, or at the U.S. Embassy annex building located in Dahlem at Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin (main entrance on Clayallee). Please bring an ID, preferably a U.S. passport, and tell the guard that you would like to drop off voting materials.
Frankfurt: Monday through Friday during regular business hours at the consulate general entrance located at Gießener Str. 30, 60435 Frankfurt. Tell the guard that you would like to drop off voting materials. The guard will show you to the voting materials drop-box where you can leave your registration or ballot.
Munich: Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm at the American Citizens Services entrance at the consulate located at Koeniginstrasse 5.
NOTE: Place your ballot in a postage-paid return envelope or an envelope bearing sufficient U.S. domestic postage to be delivered to the local election authorities.
Use the FWAB now if you have not yet 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 so your vote can reach 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.)
SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING. Please help spread the word to your overseas friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to send in your voted ballot. Post on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media that you are an active voter and have submitted your completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.
Still have questions? Contact our embassy or consulate Voting Assistance Officers:
U.S. Embassy Berlin
+49-30-8305-0 (business hours)
U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt
+49-69-7535-0 (business hours)
U.S. Consulate General Munich
+49-89-2888-580 (business hours)
You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing Vote@FVAP.gov or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.
The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Germany 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. For further information regarding absentee voting see www.FVAP.gov.