Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Message

October 9, 2020

There is still time to vote in the November 2020 election.  Don’t wait, return your ballot right away!  

Ballots can now be dropped off at the U.S. Embassy on October 13 or 15, 2020 and still be expected to arrive on time.  Ballots received after that date will still be forwarded but may not arrive in time.  We strongly recommend you drop off your ballot as soon as possible.  Please note the U.S. Embassy is closed on October 12 and 14 for U.S. and Ukrainian holidays.


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 ballots should be dropped off at the Embassy on October 13 or 15, 2020.  Ballots received after that date will still be forwarded.  However, we strongly recommend you drop off your ballot as soon 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 and bring it to the American Citizens Services unit by the Consular entrance of U.S. Embassy Kyiv.  Location: 4 A. I. Sikorsky St.  Time: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. excluding Ukrainian and U.S. holidays.

While the U.S. government provides for the transport of ballots from Ukraine to the postal sorting center in the United States, you, the voter, are responsible for postage within the United States from the sorting center to your election authority.  Ballots must be placed in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. domestic postage so they may be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility. Submitted ballots can be sealed.

MISSED THE U.S. EMBASSY SHIPMENT DEADLINE? Here are some alternative methods of returning your ballot:

1. 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 for guidance.

2. Alternatively, in some cases, you may return your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  Review your state’s voting procedures at carefully for guidance.

3. Return your ballot by international mail delivery.  If using Ukraine’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.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots.  For instructions on how to vote from Ukraine, 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

HAVE QUESTIONS?  Please contact U.S. Embassy Kyiv’s Voting Assistance Officer at 044-521-5000, or  You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing 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