Message for U.S Citizens: Voting in the 2020 Election (October 08, 2020)

The 2020 U.S. elections are on November 3.  The U.S Embassy strongly encourages U.S citizens in El Salvador to mail sealed ballots by 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.

Navigate potential COVID-19 mail delays. Voters can check if their country has mail disruptions.

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.


  • For additional information, visit, email or call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683).
  • If you require assistance from the U.S. Embassy, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit through our email address or call us at 2501-2999 option 1.

You can drop off your sealed ballot for mailing to your local election office at the American Citizens Services Unit on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. You do not need an appointment to drop off your sealed ballot. There is no in-person voting at the Embassy on Election Day.