3 Ways to Vote from Overseas

Remember to add extra time for mail—Vote by October 2

Voter registration and absentee ballot requests are determined by the individual state laws, even for federal elections. Contact your state’s chief election administrative office to determine the procedures and obtain the correct forms. It is also possible to use a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and/or apply for an Absentee Ballot. The standard FPCA can be obtained online at the  Federal Voting Assistance Program website or in hardcopy from the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu. Either way, the FPCA form must be completed legibly, printed, signed and dated, and returned to your local election officials.  All jurisdictions accept the FPCA by mail, but some states also allow electronic transmission of the FPCA via fax or email to speed the process.  It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States if mailed.  Therefore, please submit your FPCA or Absentee Ballot no later than October 2, 2020.

Option 1:
You can register your vote and request your ballot in one easy step at FVAP.gov.

Option 2:
Submit their FPCA or Ballot through the nearest U.S. Embassy

You can submit your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or an Absentee Ballot through the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu.  If your location is near the U.S. Embassy, we have a ballot box placed at the main entrance of the Embassy.  You can drop your FPCA or an Absentee Ballot into the box.  We monitor the ballot in the box every week and deliver it to your local election office via unclassified diplomatic pouch.  This is how you can prepare your FPCA or Ballot:

  1. Address the envelope to your local state election office, enclose your FPCA or ballot inside and seal it.
  2. The envelope needs to be postage-paid or have sufficient U.S. postage to be delivered to your local election office from the U.S. sorting facility where it will be mailed.

If travel to the U.S. Embassy from your location is difficult due to pandemic-related restrictions or other obstacles, you can mail the voted ballot to the Embassy.  Once received, we will deliver your ballot to your local election office via unclassified diplomatic pouch.  For this, please follow below directions:

  1. In order to mail election-related materials to the United States, you will need two envelopes.
  2. Address the first envelope to the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu at the mailing address below.
  3. Address the second envelope to your local state election office and enclose your FPCA or ballot inside.
  4. The second envelope needs to be postage-paid or have sufficient U.S. postage to be delivered to your local election office from the U.S. sorting facility where it will be mailed.
  5. Seal the second envelope; place it inside the first envelope and mail the package to the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu.

Mailing address for the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu:
U.S. Embassy
American Citizen Services,
Maharajgunj Chakrapath,
Kathmandu 44600
Attention: Voting Assistance Officer

Vote early:  It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States if mailed.  Therefore, please submit your FPCA or Absentee Ballot no later than October 2, 2020.

Option 3: 

U.S. Citizens abroad can also use international mail or a private courier service like DHL to return their FPCA or Absentee Ballots to their local election office. (Fed Ex not in operation due to COVID-19 pandemic).

Vote early:  It can take up to four weeks for election-related materials to reach their final destination in the United States if mailed.  Therefore, please submit your FPCA or Absentee Ballot no later than October 2, 2020.

Please reach out to American Citizen Services unit at consktm@state.gov for further query. 

The U.S. Embassy Kathmandu is operating with limited emergency services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are unable to accept your ballot in person at this time.  The American Citizens can drop the ballot at the U.S. Embassy Kathmandu. The Ballot box is available in the main entrance of the Embassy.