Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots for Absentee Voters

Overseas Voter? Don’t wait – return your voted ballot right away!

Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2016 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials. 

Never received your ballot?  If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline.  If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well.  Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline.  Your vote will not be counted twice.


The final date to return your paper ballot to your local election officials by Election Day for free via the U.S. embassy/consulate is October 19, 2016. 

In order for you or a friend to drop off your completed ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Wellington or the U.S. Consulate in Auckland you must do the following:

  1. Place the completed ballot in either a postage-paid envelope or envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage;
  2. Address the postage-paid envelope or envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage to your local election officials;
  3. If you don’t have either a postage-paid envelope or envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage then you must download an envelope with U.S. postage by following these instructions.

NOTE:  Only ballots submitted in person will be sent to the United States for processing.  No ballots or voting forms will be accepted by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate by mail.

We will not be able to accept voting forms or ballots by mail.

The U.S. Embassy in Wellington is located at 29 Fitzherbert Terrace in Thorndon.  Sealed and addressed envelopes containing the voting forms and ballots may be left with the security guard at the rear guard booth on Halswell Street near the intersection with Murphy Street.

The U.S. Consulate in Auckland is located on the 3rd level of the Citigroup Centre at 23 Customs Street East.  Voting forms and ballots may be placed in the lock box labeled American Citizen Services between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The lock box can be found in the lobby to the left when you exit the elevators.

Missed the U.S. embassy/consulate shipment deadline?  Consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx or DHL or electronically if allowed by your state.  Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 8 prior to payment and shipment.  Check your state’s voting procedures at for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  If you have previously registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot but it has not yet arrived the following states allow voters to use email or fax to send signed, voted Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots to local election officials:

  • Alaska (fax only)
  • Arizona (contact election official first)
  • Arkansas (fax only)
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida (fax only)
  • Hawaii (fax only)
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana (fax only)
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska (fax only paper copy must also be mailed)
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma (fax only)
  • Oregon (paper copy must also be mailed)
  • Rhode Island (fax only)
  • South Carolina
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Review your state’s voting procedures at carefully for guidance.

Returning your ballot by international mail delivery.  If using New Zealand’s postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.  Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines.


Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting.  Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot.  Use #ProudOverseasVoter, #FVAP, #USCits, and #Vote2016 to help get the word out about voting.

Have Questions?  If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Consulate Auckland’s Voting Assistance Officer at

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website at