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

At the federal level, voters will choose the 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 will be decided, as will 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. 

Military and Overseas Voters Should Vote Absentee Now to Ensure On-time Receipt

There is still time to register and request an absentee ballot.  Voters can check their state registration and ballot request deadlines (these are different in many states) at and use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for both.  Every state allows the blank ballot to be sent electronically upon request.

How can the U.S. Embassy help?  Mail your ballot by October 15, 2020

The U.S. Department of State recommends October 15, 2020, as the deadline for ballots to be mailed.  You can drop off your ballot request or voted ballot at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers, or someone can drop it off for you.  A 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 forward 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 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, excluding local and federal holidays.  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.

State rules vary on when your ballot must be received to be counted – please follow your state’s guidance to make sure your ballot arrives to your state’s election offices on time:

Important Note:  Embassies and Consulates are not polling places.  Same day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.

If you still have questions or need assistance, please contact U.S. Embassy Algiers Voting Assistance Officer at

Educate yourself on issues before you vote.  Some resources include: