Message for U.S. Citizens – Virtual Voting Assistance
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!
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering virtual voting assistance via Zoom over the next two weeks to provide direct support to U.S. citizens overseas. Voters in Italy can participate in either of the following two meetings and speak with an FVAP voting Ambassador who can answer questions about absentee voting, including inquiries about the FPCA and FWAB forms:
Dates: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 & Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Times: 12:00 (CET)
FVAP Representative: Sean
Meeting ID: 746 356 6929
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 Italy please see our website: https://it.usembassy.gov/. For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s website Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or FVAP.gov.
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 Embassy’s or Consulate’s shipment deadline? 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 www.FVAP.gov for guidance.
Need Help or Have Additional Questions? The Voting Assistance Officers at the U.S. Embassy in Rome and the Consulates General in Florence, Milan, and Naples are available to answer questions about absentee voting. To contact your Voting Assistance Officer, call the Consular Section nearest to you or send an email to:
- USCitizensRome@state.gov for the Consular District of Rome,
- USCitizensFlorence@state.gov for the Consular District of Florence,
- USCitizensMilan@state.gov for the Consular District of Milan, and
- USCitizensNaples@state.gov for the Consular District of Naples.
You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing Vote@FVAP.gov or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.
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