Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy, Warsaw (June 10, 2022)
Register to vote and request your ballot for the 2022 U.S. elections from anywhere in the world!
Go to FVAP.gov to register to vote, request a ballot, and more. Follow a few simple steps to vote in the 2022 U.S. elections:
1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of 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. FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory. FVAP’s easy online assistant can assist you with completing the FPCA. Most states also provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can easily access via FVAP.gov. We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way for you to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
3. Return 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 ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through U.S. Embassy Warsaw’s or Consulate General Krakow’s diplomatic pouch. The diplomatic pouch provides free mail service from diplomatic posts. You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.
For voters who only want to drop off sealed ballots, you can drop them in the ballot box at U.S. Embassy Warsaw located to the left of the Ujazdowskie 29/31 entrance to the Embassy or at U.S. Consulate General Krakow at the main entrance with the guards. For those with voting questions or in need of forms, you can visit the American Citizens Services unit at U.S. Embassy Warsaw or U.S. Consulate Krakow on any business day, Monday through Friday, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Please note that all visitors to the Embassy or Consulate are subject to security screening, and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility. It is recommended to submit your ballot as soon as you receive it or at least 30 days before the election if sent via diplomatic pouch.
Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (email@example.com). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
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 Warsaw’s Voting Assistance Officer at +48 22 504 2784, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. U.S. Consulate Krakow can be reached at email@example.com.
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U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31, Piękna 12
+48 22 504 2784 (business hours)
+48 22 504 2000 (after-hours emergencies involving U.S. citizens)
U.S. Consulate General, Krakow, Poland
ul. Stolarska 9
31-043 Krakow, Poland
+48 12 424 5100 (business hours)
+48 601 483 348 (after-hours emergencies involving U.S. Citizens)
U.S. Consular Agency, Poznan, Poland
ul. Paderewskiego 8 room 06
+48 61 851 8516
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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