A blue face mask sits on a purple mail-in ballot.
Photo: Tiffany Tertipes

By KYLIE MADRY

For U.S. citizens living in Mexico, it’s not too late to send a mail-in ballot ahead of the Nov. 3 elections – though time is running out.

If you’re already registered to vote, you’re eligible to vote via mail from abroad. The county you’re registered to vote in should have already sent a ballot by mail or email, but if you haven’t gotten it, you can still cast a federal write-in absentee ballot.

Depending on where you reside in Mexico, there are several ways to get your ballot to your county elections office in the United States. If you live in Mexico City, the U.S. Embassy is accepting ballot drop-offs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The process is relatively painless, and the mail is sent by diplomatic pouch to a local sorting facility in the United States. The embassy will continue to send out diplomatic pouches every few days until Election Day, but be warned that they can take weeks to get to local elections offices.

If you’re worried about cutting it close, you may need a different voting strategy. For those living outside the capital, check with the closest consulate for more information.

Mexico City residents also have the option to leave their ballot at one of the American Benevolent Society’s (ABS) drop-off locations around town, but act fast – the last day to mail your vote with the ABS is Thursday, Oct. 22. Make sure to confirm with your elections office beforehand that your vote can be sent from within the United States, as these ballots will be sent via DHL overnight delivery, arriving in Atlanta.

If these options aren’t feasible or you want to make sure your ballot arrives in time, send your vote through a paid courier service, such as DHL, UPS or FedEx.

In every case, follow the guidelines sent out by your elections office to a T – and if you aren’t sure, ask! Every office has different rules, and we couldn’t possibly list them all here.

Everyone deserves to have their vote counted this year, and it would be a shame to miss out on having your voice heard due to a technicality. So, make a plan and get out there to vote!

…Oct. 20, 2020

 

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