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Voting Assistance for U.S. Citizens

2022 Elections

  • While U.S. Citizens can still drop off their ballots for the 2022 Election (hours posted below) and the Embassy will postmark the ballots, it will take up to 4-6 weeks for the ballot to reach the U.S. and then your local election office. You should check with your local election officials regarding best options to ensure your ballot is received by local deadlines.
  • Voters from all states can verify the status of their voting materials by contacting their election office 
  • Voters who do not receive their requested ballot in time to return it by the ballot return deadline, can send the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to their election office as a backup ballot. If the voter’s official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, he or she may complete and submit the official ballot, too. Only one ballot will be counted.
  • Consider contacting the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP.gov, call toll free 1-800-438-VOTE, or email vote@fvap.gov) or your local election office directly if you have a question about your participation in the November 2022 elections as an absentee voter.

Ballot and Federal Post Card Application drop-off times for 2022 Elections

  • Rules vary by state on how to submit your ballot and other voting materials; some states may allow you to cast your vote by email or online.
  • If you wish to submit your ballot, Federal Post Card Application, or other voting materials through the U.S. postal system via the Embassy, your ballot must be signed and sealed in an envelope addressed to your election official, either with U.S. postage affixed or using a postage-paid return envelope available from FVAP. You may drop off your (signed and sealed) ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi on Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. or at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai on Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (except on UAE or US holidays).
  • As an alternative, you may also mail your ballot and other voting materials directly to election officials via international mail.
  • If you need additional assistance, please contact VoteAbuDhabi@state.gov or VoteDubai@state.gov