Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Assistance – U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting Assistance – U.S. Embassy Niamey, Niger

Event: Voting in 2020 U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  U.S. citizens can receive their absentee ballots electronically.  For further information on voting from overseas locations, please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s webpage

You can use FVAP’s online assistant to walk you through the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state.  We encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state) as this is the fastest way for you to get your ballot.  Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option.  Return the FPCA to your election office per the instructions on the website. will tell you if your state accepts the FPCA by email, mail, or fax.  

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.  For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot: If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so via professional courier service such as DHL, or through the U.S. Embassy in Niamey.

If you are sending your ballot through the U.S. Embassy in Niamey, please email us at to coordinate drop-off.  Please note our consular services are currently suspended, except for emergency American Citizen Services.  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 Niger 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.