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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Assistance, U.S. Embassy Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
June 8, 2020

Event: Mailing Ballots for Primaries and Elections

All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.

For further information on voting from overseas locations, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program webpage (fvap.gov).

Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot:  Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not.  If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, or professional courier service or through the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou.

If you are sending your ballot through the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou, please email us at consularouaga@state.gov to coordinate drop-off.  Please note our routine services are currently suspended and officers are teleworking full time.  Ballots must be placed in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. domestic postage so they may be delivered to the proper local election authorities (NOTE: postage from BurkinaFaso to the United States is not required using this method).

Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent through the embassy.  All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.

Please note that all visitors to the U.S. Embassy in Ouagadougou are required to wear face masks and wash their hands upon arrival.  Visitors entering the Embassy are subject to security screening and you may not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.


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