Voters in the State of Georgia have additional chances to make their voices heard this election cycle. The State of Georgia will hold two Special Elections runoffs for the state’s two U.S. Senate seats on January 5, 2021. Georgia will also hold a Special Election runoff to determine the U.S. Congressional Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District on December 1.
If you are a U.S. citizen who votes in Georgia who already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to vote for the 2020 General Election, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot for the Special Election, by the same method (email or mail) that you selected for receiving your General Election ballot. If you did not complete a FPCA and did not register to vote for the General Election, you still have time to vote in the Senate Special Election! Last day to register was December 7, 2020 If registered to vote, ballots must be postmarked by January 5, 2021.
Returning Your Ballot
Just as for the 2020 General Election, the U.S. Embassy in London is accepting FPCAs and ballots for the Georgia Special Election for delivery to the United States Postal Service via diplomatic pouch. However, the process for the submission of voting materials for the Special Election will differ slightly from the process for the General Election. If you wish to drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, please email LondonVote@state.gov. Normal transit time from London to the United States is currently 10-14 days but is subject to potential delays due to COVID-19. You may also mail your ballots to the Embassy, but if doing so you must still properly address your ballot envelope to your local election officials before placing it in a local mail envelope. Remember: The deadline for ballots to be postmarked is January 5, 2021 and all ballots must be received by the election’s office by the 3rd day after the election. The Embassy’s address is:
Embassy of the United States
American Citizen Services
33 Nine Elms Lane
If using Royal Mail to return your voting materials, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Place British postage on your completed, signed, and dated FPCA or voted ballot, and mail it directly to the local election officials in the state where you vote. Make sure USA is indicated at the end of the address of your U.S. board of elections. We recommend that you speak to a Royal Mail official to ensure you place sufficient postage for delivery.
You may also return your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL. 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 January 5th prior to payment and shipment.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources
Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (email@example.com). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy London’s Voting Assistance Officer at 020-7891-3640, or at SCSLondon@state.gov.
Remember, your vote counts!
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