Message for U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mail your ballot now to ensure it arrives in time to be counted!

Ballots mailed through the Embassy’s diplomatic pouch take up to four (4) weeks to arrive in the United States, and then take additional time to process through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and the USPS notes potential mail delays this year.  As such, you should plan to send your ballot for the upcoming general elections at the earliest opportunity.

If you are sending your ballot through the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, you can drop your ballot off at the Consular Section only during working hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm Sunday through Thursday except for Embassy-observed holidays).  A drop box is located at the Madani Avenue entry gate in the booth for the guards.  No appointment is needed!  Make sure your ballot is placed in a postage paid return envelope or envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and addressed to relevant local election officials.  You can download the postage paid envelope from the website.  If you are unable to bring the ballot in person, another person can bring your sealed ballot to the Embassy on your behalf.

My ballot hasn’t arrived yet.  What should I do?

If your ballot does not arrive in time, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot and mail it from the Embassy.  You can access the FWAB here.  If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, complete and send in the official ballot as well.  Only one will be counted.  Use the online assistant at to complete the FWAB.  The online assistant uses your state’s requirements as you go through the process of completing the FWAB.  Complete it, print it, sign it, and send it in.  See the website for more details.

I didn’t request my ballot yet.  How do I get my ballot?

Register to vote at and make sure to request to receive your ballot electronically so that you can complete and submit it in time.  If your state does not provide ballots electronically, register to vote anyway, and then complete a FWAB, as above.

If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please visit our website at or contact U.S. Embassy Dhaka’s Voting Assistance Officer at (880) (2) 5566-2000, or at