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The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest releases important note for voters at upcoming federal elections

The Embassy of the United States in Romania encourages all U.S. citizens to exercise their right vote at the federal elections due on November 8.  “Please note, the U.S. Embassy is NOT a polling station.  Citizens cannot come to the Embassy to vote. All absentee ballots in the U.S. are administered by the state where a voter is registered. Citizens should go online to their state’s voter registration for further details. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2016 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials,” reads an an embassy’s press release sent to our editorial office.

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.

Missed the U.S. Embassy’s October 20, 2016 shipment deadline?  If you missed the deadline, consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or 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 8 prior to payment and shipment.  Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Have Questions?  If you have any questions, please contact Bucharest’s Voting Assistance Officer at 021-270-6000 Monday to Friday between 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., or at [email protected]. You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing [email protected] 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 www.FVAP.gov.

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