guide TO REGISTER FOR YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
You can register and request your absentee ballot by visiting and following the instructions. Every state has a different deadline and may extend into October. Please check online with your state or contact us and we will assist you. Bellow is an instructional video explaining in detail the process.
After filling out and signing your absentee ballot request you can mail them to your voting precinct address listed in your ballot package instructions by certified mail.
Another and quicker option is to send it by fax or e-mail. The fax or email to send it to can be found in the absentee ballot package you downloaded. Please Note: If you are returning the absentee ballot request by fax or e-mail you MUST sign the cover page provided in you package. You MUST also sign the ballot request as well. Then scan the signed cover page and absentee ballot request (2 pages), and send them to the fax or e-mail you were provided on the cover page in your 4 page package.
If you need any assistance filling the forms online or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by phone at 055-929-6329 or by e-mail at: email@example.com
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you didn't receive your absentee ballot by snail mail or by e-mail/fax by the first week of October, click on the following link and Vote as a backup using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) PLEASE FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS
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MESSAGE FROM THE U.S. EMBASSY
Message to U.S. Citizens (September 29, 2020)
Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
Event: Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By
If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted 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 voted 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 Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, 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:
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 must be received in the Embassy or Embassy Branch Office no later than October 2, 2020. Ballots received after that date will be forwarded, but may arrive too late to be counted. 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 an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials.
Given current conditions, voters are strongly encouraged to submit ballots directly to their home states via email or fax where possible. Where mail-in ballots are the only option, please consider using a courier service to send your ballot directly to your home state to be counted. Learn more about your state’s voting regulations at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website.
As a last resort, eligible voters are permitted to drop off ballots at the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv. Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by diplomatic pouch. Ballots can be dropped off at the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy Jerusalem from 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or at the Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv from 8:00 AM-11:00 AM on Tuesday and Thursday.
Missed the U.S. Embassy shipment deadline? Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state. 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.
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 account 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.
Have Questions? Please contact the Embassy’s Voting Assistance Officer at JerusalemVote@state.gov or VoteTelAviv@state.gov. 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.
Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.
Instructions on how to register to vote in swing states
1) The following swing states require a "wet copy" (a.k.a. hard copy original) in order to register for the first time to vote: Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Arizona. This means that if you are registering to vote in any of these states for the first time, an original registration form must be post-marked to your local election office by the state's official deadline. The deadlines are as follows:
North Carolina: 11/02/2020
2) In addition to mailing your original application to these states, we recommend that you also scan the signed registration form and e-mail or fax a copy to your local election office. You can find your local election office's address in the following link:
3) To complete the application, you can either print and fill out the attached form or you can use the following link:
After you fill out the form in the link, you will be able to print the completed registration form and also a bar-coded envelope to mail your original registration (please use the US style envelope). The purpose of this envelope is to mail the registration application for free within the US. If you are sending the registration directly from Israel, a bar-coded envelope is not required, as you will need to pay for the mailing.
4) In order to print the bar-coded envelope, you will need to place standard size 11x23cm envelopes in the manual feeder of your printer and print the envelope. If this does not work, contact your printer's company technical support team for guidance.
5) If you are mailing several envelopes to the same county election office, you will need to place each of the registration forms in a sealed envelope and then you can use a larger envelope to mail them out.
6) If you are already registered in the states listed on #1, you can e-mail your request for a ballot and you don't need to send a wet copy. In addition, the following swing states allow first-time registration by e-mail (the deadlines are shown in parenthesis):
Michigan (no deadline)