U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama
Message for U.S. Citizens
Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots
25 October 2012
Embassies and consulates are not polling places. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2012 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.
Ballot not yet sent to local election officials?
All voters who wish to participate in this election who have not yet sent their ballots to their local election officials should consider returning their ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL. Some states or counties may allow you to return your voted ballot electronically. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov
Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.
The following states allow voters to use email or fax to send signed, voted Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots to local election officials: Arizona, California (fax only), Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov
Returning ballots via express courier service.
Voters can hire express courier companies such as UPS, DHL, and FedEx to return voted ballots. Through October 31, FedEx is offering discounted shipping for last-minute voters in 94 countries through the Express Your Vote program https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/overseas/ExpressYourVote.htm
. 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 6 prior to payment and shipment.
Returning your ballot by mail. Ballots sent via mail at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines. If you still wish to send your voted ballot via mail, place your voted ballot in a U.S. postage-paid envelope addressed to your local election officials. Drop it off at the Embassy Panama, and we’ll send it back home for you without the need to pay international postage. If you can’t visit the Embassy Panama in person, ask a friend or colleague drop it off for you. If it’s easier for you to use Panama’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.
You can bring your sealed and stamped envelopes to two different places within the Embassy:
If your sealed and stamped ballot envelope already has the US mailing address on the front, you may simply come in the main entry, show the entry guard your ballot envelope, drive your car to the upper level guard entry point (commonly referred to as the Service CAC), show the guard there your envelope, and someone from the Diplomatic Pouch and Mail Unit (DPMU) will accept your ballot.
This option is available Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8:00 am – 11:30 am.
If you do not know the US mailing address to put on the front of your sealed and stamped envelope, bring it to the American Citizens Services Unit, located within the Consular section, and we will assist you.
We are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and Friday from 8:00a.m. to 10:00 a.m.. You do not need to make an appointment on line in advance to do this, but you will have to take a ticket as you enter the Embassy and wait your turn for assistance with those who do have appointments. We will try to make the wait as short as possible.
Need help? You can get in-person assistance from our Embassy Panama Voting Assistance Officers at the ACS section at the US Embassy in Panama City.
Have Questions? Please contact Embassy Panama’s Voting Assistance Officer at 317-5000, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov