Message for U.S. Citizens: Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

U.S. Embassy Kyiv, Ukraine
Message for U.S. Citizens

Embassies and consulates are not polling placesDon’t wait, return your voted ballot right away!

The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2018 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officialsU.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

Never received your ballot? If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, you should immediately 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, go ahead and 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.

If you wish to drop off your voted ballot, you can do it at the U.S. Embassy/Kyiv Consular Section entrance.  The final date to return your voted paper ballot to your local election officials for the November 6th election through the U.S. Embassy/Kyiv is October 12, 2018.

Ballots not sent to local election officials by our U.S. Embassy/Kyiv shipment deadline? If you wish to participate in this election and have not yet sent your ballot to your local election officials by our U.S. Embassy/Kyiv drop off deadline listed above, you should consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or 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 6th prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax? Consult and carefully review your state’s voting procedures at

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 U.S. Embassy/Kyiv Voting Assistance Officer at +380-44-521-5566, or at  You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at

U.S. Embassy – Kyiv, Ukraine

+380-44-521-5000 (after hours)

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444