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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots! September 15, 2020
September 15, 2020

United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens:  Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots!
September 15, 2020

Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world, but there are a few important things you must remember to do:

-Sign your ballot and place it in a sealed envelope.

-Include a return address on the envelope.

-Address the envelope to your local election official.

-Ensure your envelope has the correct U.S. postage.

You must enclose your voted ballot in a sealed envelope addressed to the appropriate local election office in the United States. The U.S. Postal Service will not accept envelopes that are not sealed, that are missing postage, or are not addressed correctly. To find the mailing address of your local election office, see https://www.fvap.gov/guide.

Envelope templates are available for printing on FVAP.gov. Once your ballot is placed inside a sealed envelope with the appropriate U.S. postage paid, place that envelope in a separate, covering envelope addressed to the U.S. Embassy in Manila. You can then drop off or mail (Phil Post or courier) your ballot to us.


-U.S. Embassy Manila’s public entrance from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays. 

-Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays. 


American Citizen Services Unit (Consular)

ATTN: Voter Information

U.S. Embassy Manila

1201 Roxas Boulevard

Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000

For information on registering to vote, see our September 9 voting message for U.S. citizens.

Contact us with questions at VoteMANILA@state.gov


For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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