Voting from Overseas in 2020 U.S. Elections

Location:  Serbia

Your vote counts! Did you know that many recent U.S. elections have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by military and overseas voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.

Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, or professional courier service, or through U.S. Embassy Belgrade.

If you are sending your ballot through U.S. Embassy Belgrade, ballots can be dropped off at the Consular entrance between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please note that your ballot must be in a sealed FPCA (Federal Postcard Application) or FWAB (Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot) envelope found on https://www.fvap.gov/, and not just a regular envelope. Regular envelopes cannot be accepted. The guards outside of the Embassy will accept the envelope for processing. You must show a valid photo ID and wait until your envelope has been scanned before you may leave. 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 (NOTE: postage from Serbia to the United States is not required using this method).  Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you may not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.  Normal transit time between the Embassy in Serbia and local election offices is three weeks, though it may be longer because of the COVID-19 epidemic. All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.

Assistance:

·  Embassy Belgrade, Serbia

o +381 (11) 706-4000 (24 hours)

BelgradeACS@state.gov

Embassy website

·  State Department – Consular Affairs

o 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

·  Serbia Country Information

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