Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
Event: Registering to vote and submitting a ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic
Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world. Voters should consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) COVID-19 information page for the most recent information on how the crisis response is affecting voting.
FVAP encourages overseas U.S. citizens to take these individual actions to help overcome any potential disruptions to host country mail operations:
- Register and request your ballot through FVAP.gov: Use the online Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov to simultaneously register and request an absentee ballot.
- Consider asking that your ballot be sent to you electronically: Due to mail disruptions, voters living in Israel, the West Bank, or Gaza should select an electronic option for receiving their blank ballot from their election official. Not all states and counties allow electronic receipt of blank ballots; check FVAP.gov or ask your state voting office if this is an option for you.
- Consider state ballot submission alternatives:Refer to your state’s instructions on FVAP.gov for ways to return your completed ballot. Most states allow voters to submit ballots online.
Given current conditions, voters are strongly encouraged to submit ballots directly to their home states via email or fax where possible. Where mail-in ballots are the only option, please consider using a courier service to send your ballot directly to your home state to be counted.
Eligible voters are permitted to drop off ballots by appointment only at the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem or Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv. Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by diplomatic pouch. Appointments for dropping off ballots are available at the American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy Jerusalem from 8:00AM-11:00AM Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays or at the Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv from 8:00AM-11:00AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact the relevant voting team in advance: JerusalemACS@state.gov or TelAvivACS@state.gov to set up an appointment.
Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring cell phones or other electronic devices inside the facility.
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 Jerusalem, Branch Office Tel Aviv Voting Assistance Officer at VoteTelAviv@state.gov or U.S. Embassy Jerusalem Voting Assistance Officer at VoteJerusalem@state.gov.