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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By
October 2, 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 the U.S. Embassy is not a polling place; 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.

Check out our new Voting Video on the U.S. Embassy Stockholm Facebook page or on the U.S. Embassy Stockholm YouTube Channel to find helpful tips.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Sweden please see the Embassy website voting page. For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site 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.I f 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.


Note that the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline. To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems we recommend you drop off your ballot at the U.S. Embassy by October 9. Ballots received after that date will be forwarded but may arrive too late to be counted. Please also 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.

  • The above timeline is based on current local and U.S. conditions, which are subject to change. We strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible.
  • If you wish to drop off your ballot seal it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials.
  • You can drop off your completed voting forms and ballots during the following hours: 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday.

Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Sweden’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.

Missed the U.S. Embassy Sweden’s recommended shipment deadline? Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx 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.

Have Questions? 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 Sweden.

For Voting Assistance: For any questions regarding voting, you are welcome to contact us at stkACSinfo@state.gov

U.S. Embassy, Stockholm, Sweden
Dag Hammarskjölds väg 31, 115 89 Stockholm
+46 (0) 8 783 53 00