Sending Your Primary Ballot to the United States via Diplomatic Pouch: The next drop-off deadline at U.S. Embassy Athens for a package going to the United States is April 23. We are unable to accept drop-offs in Thessaloniki.
(Updated April 9, 2020) COVID-19 is affecting diplomatic pouch; we cannot project delivery dates, nor when service will be restored to normal delivery patterns. If you wish to use the diplomatic pouch for free delivery service to a U.S. mail sorting facility, you will need to place your voting materials or ballot in postage paid return envelopes (available for free on FVAP.gov) or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.
You may drop off your sealed voting materials or ballots in the voting box at the Kokkali Street gate entrance at the U.S. Embassy in Athens during business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on work days). You do not need to go through security and enter the Embassy. The next deadline for drop-off in Athens is April 23. Due to diplomatic pouch service disruptions, we cannot guarantee your package will be received in time for your state’s deadlines. For detailed information regarding overseas voting, please see Instructions for Voting in 2020.
Please check your state on FVAP.gov as some states are extending their deadlines for accepting absentee ballots. If you are unable to send your ballot by courier, diplomatic pouch, or Greek post, contact your local election office directly to inquire about other options.
Almost all U.S. citizens 18 years or older who reside outside the United States are eligible to vote absentee for candidates for federal offices in U.S. primary and general elections. In addition, some states allow overseas citizens to vote for candidates for state and local offices, as well as for state and local referendums. For information regarding your specific state, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Voting Assistance Guide or the Overseas Vote Foundation website. The Overseas Vote Foundation is a non-partisan voter advocacy organization.
ABSENTEE VOTING INFORMATION FOR U.S. CITIZENS ABROAD
All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may receive your ballot by email, fax, or internet download. To start, go to www.FVAP.gov to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States, whose address is included in the FVAP Web site.
We recommend overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs every year. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. Note that some states deliver ballots by fax only, so be sure to include your fax number. If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices. Most states now have voter registration verification websites, and many offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.
IMPORTANT NOTE: States are no longer required to automatically send ballots to voters for an entire election cycle so everyone who wants to vote in U.S. elections from overseas should send in a new Federal Post Card Application in January of each year.
For more information please visit the State Department Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad webpage.
If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact us at VoteAthens@state.gov