Message for U.S. Citizens: Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 6th. Consult and carefully review your state’s voting procedures at

We recommend that you return your voted paper ballot to your local election officials for the November 6th election no later than October 15, 2018. If you wish to drop off your voted ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, or the U.S. Consulate in Adana, please schedule a notarial appointment to do so.  You may schedule a free appointment on the following website:

Never received your ballot? If you have registered to vote and requested your absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration and absentee ballot request deadlines but have not yet received your ballot, you should immediately complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline.

Ballots not sent to local election officials by our recommended date of October 15? If you wish to participate in this election and have not yet sent your ballot to your local election officials by October 15, you should consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service or electronically if allowed by your state. Check your state’s voting procedures at for guidance.

Help spread the word about overseas voting:Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues about overseas voting. Consider posting to your social media account that you are an active overseas voter. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Need help? You may contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulates.  You may also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) at its website (, email ( or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.


U.S. Embassy, Ankara

U.S. Consulate General, Istanbul

U.S. Consulate, Adana

U.S. Consular Agency, Izmir

State Department – Consular Affairs
1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
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