2020 U.S. Elections

The 2020 U.S. general elections will be held on November 3, 2020.

At the federal level, voters will choose a U.S. president, 35 members of the U.S. Senate and all 435 voting members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

At the state level, 11 governorships are up for grabs this year, as are more than 5,000 state legislature seats.

As a U.S. citizen living in Algeria, you can vote absentee while living away from your voting residence.

Here’s how:  Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and send it to your election office.

Is voting possible through Fax, Email, or Internet?

Many states now allow the electronic return of voted ballots. Consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Voting Assistance Guide to learn about electronic transmission options for your state.

What is a voting residence and why is it important?

You need a voting residence to vote by absentee ballot — even if you are only voting for federal offices. Your election office needs your exact voting residence address to determine which offices and candidates you are eligible to vote for — and to send you the appropriate ballot for your voting precinct.

Your voting residence is your address in the state in which you were last domiciled, immediately prior to leaving the United States.

Please go to the Additional Information Section in the Federal Voting Assistance Web Page for details.

How can the U.S. Embassy help?

You can drop off your ballot request or voted ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, or you can have someone drop it off for you.  A contact-free ballot drop box is located at the main entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Algiers (05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir Ibrahimi, El-Biar).

Your ballots must be submitted to the Embassy in a sealed envelope.  The ballot must be addressed to your local election officials and either has sufficient U.S. (domestic) postage or be in a postage-paid envelope; a postage-paid flyer that can be used as an envelope or envelope cover is available on the at the Federal Voting Assistance Program forms section.  The Embassy will take care of sending the ballot to the U.S. postal system which is why only domestic postage or postage-paid envelope are required.

Ballots can be dropped by presenting your U.S. passport or Algerian government-issued identification and stating that you are dropping off a ballot, Mondays through Thursdays between 1 pm and 3 pm, excluding local and federal holidays.  Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you will not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility.  Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch.  All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.

To receive information by email about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook and Twitter.