Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in the 2020 Election

The 2020 U.S. elections are on November 3.  The U.S Embassy, Dhaka strongly encourages U.S citizens in Bangladesh to mail sealed ballots no later than October 15.  The Embassy will continue to receive and mail sealed ballots after this date, but cannot ensure timely arrival.

Vote now. Vote your absentee ballot as soon as you get it, and be sure to follow all directions closely when completing and returning it.

Send ballots electronically, if allowed by state law. To save time, voters can check if their state accepts completed absentee ballots by email, fax or via an online portal.

Make sure the ballot was received.  Voters can select their state and click “Check the status of your voted ballot.”

If a requested ballot has not arrived, use the backup ballot.  If there isn’t enough time to receive and send back your requested ballot before your state’s ballot return deadline, use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).  It works like a backup ballot.  If your official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, fill out and send in the official ballot, too.  Only one will be counted.

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 (2 Forever stamps), 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.

You do not need an appointment to drop off your sealed ballot.  There is no in-person voting at the Embassy on Election Day.

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  For additional information, visit, email or call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683).