Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By (29 September 2020)

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Hong Kong and Macau 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

Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, 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, 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.


Ballots can be dropped off to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macau’s American Citizen Services unit, located at 26 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except public holidays. To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems, we strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible. Please check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.

If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have a friend or colleague drop it off for you, make sure it is signed and sealed and place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (PDF 134 KB) (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials. Bring your U.S. passport for entry to the U.S. Consulate General. Please note that all visitors to the consulate are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility. Please refer here for a list of prohibited items and information about nearby storage facilities.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong and Macau’s Voting Assistance Officer via email ( or via telephone (2841-2211) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except public holidays.

Not dropping your ballot at the U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau? 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.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax. Review your state’s voting procedures at carefully for guidance.

Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Hong Kong or Macau’s postal systems, 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.

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 U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong & Macau’s Voting Assistance Officer at 2841-2211, or at 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