Location: Hong Kong and Macau
Event: Fourth of July Voting Message – Make sure you’re registered to vote in November!
Voter Registration Information
Celebrate democracy this Independence Day by taking the necessary steps now to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections!
In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.
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Registering to Vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Follow a few simple steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections:
1. Register to vote: Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually, so you may need to re-register. Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.
2. Request Your Ballot: Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) (PDF 185 KB). The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives), including primaries and special elections, during the calendar year in which it is submitted. FPCA forms (PDF 185 KB) that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory. FVAP’s easy online assistant can assist you with completing the FPCA.
Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option to receive your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
3. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
Drop off your completed voting forms or ballots Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the U.S. Consulate General, except on U.S. and Hong Kong public holidays. Address: 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong.
Place your ballots in postage-paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address them to the relevant local election officials. The ballot must be signed and sealed. Please bring your U.S. passport for entry.
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Return Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically. 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, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau’s diplomatic pouch. The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities once received by the U.S. sorting facility.
If you plan to use the diplomatic pouch, drop off your ballots at the American Citizens Services Unit, located at 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday, except on U.S. and Hong Kong public holidays. Please bring your U.S. passport for entry. All visitors to the Consulate General are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility. Please go here for a list of prohibited items and information about nearby storage facilities. It can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch. All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly. Ballots will be received and forwarded whenever submitted but you may want to consider using a courier service if submitting your ballot close to or after the stated delivery time for pouch mail.
Online Resources for Researching the Candidates and the Issues
Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (email@example.com). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
If You Still Have Questions
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website has a wealth of information: FVAP.gov.
For voting assistance, you may also contact the U.S. Consulate General’s Voting Assistance Officer via e-mail (ASCHK@state.gov) or via telephone at +852 2841-2211 from 1:30-4:30 pm Monday through Friday, except on U.S. and Hong Kong public holidays.
Remember, your vote counts!
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888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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