Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem (January 26, 2024)
Location: Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
Subject: Voting in 2024 Federal Elections
Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. federal elections for the House of Representatives and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?All states are required to count every absentee ballot that is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
The United States DOES NOT have in person voting at U.S. Embassies or consulates abroad. If you cannot take advantage of your state’s specific in-person voting requirements, you should plan to vote by absentee ballot.
Verify your voter registration now! Most states and jurisdictions have deadline by which voters have to make sure they are registered. If you want to vote this fall, you should verify your status and registration NOW.
Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote absentee in the 2024 federal U.S. elections:
- Request your ballot. We encourage you to request your blank ballots be delivered electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Many states can send you a full absentee ballot. FVAP.gov will have instructions to for your state or local jurisdiction. You can complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) online at FVAP.gov. The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. Each request for the FPCA is limited to the year in which it is requested. To use the FPCS, you must complete a new FPCA to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2024 elections. Submitting the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. All local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA. Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website.
- Receive and complete your ballot. States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and generally send ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.
- Return your completed ballot. While some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically, others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so through the drop boxes located at the U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv. We can send your ballot by diplomatic pouch. Place your ballot in a postage-paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postageand address it to the relevant local election officials.
Be aware that it can take four weeks or more for mail to reach its destination via diplomatic pouch, and we do not have the ability to track those documents. If you want or need the ability to track your forms or ballot, you should return your FPCA or ballot to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.
If you want to use the diplomatic pouch, you may drop off your completed voting forms and ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalemand Embassy Branch Office Tel Aviv during the following hours: Monday through Friday, excluding U.S. and localholidays, between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. A dropbox is available at the Consular Section entrance in both locations.
Research candidates and issues. Please see the FVAP links page for resources you can use to research candidates and issues.
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’s Voting Assistance Officers at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, your vote counts!
State Department – Consular Affairs