Message for U.S. Citizens: Runoff Elections in Georgia/Louisiana

If you are registered to vote in the State of Georgia or in the 5th Congressional District of Louisiana, we encourage you to participate in the upcoming runoff elections.

More information on the runoff elections in Georgia can be found here: and in Louisiana here: Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Ballot deadlines in December and January depend on the state and type of runoff election – see the above links for more details.  Please note that American citizens who will turn 18 before the date of the election may be eligible to register to vote and cast their ballots.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Montenegro please see our website: For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s website Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or

Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice.

Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state. Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery before the deadline prior to payment and shipment.

Need Help or Have Additional Questions? The Voting Assistance Officers at the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica is available to answer questions about absentee voting. To contact your Voting Assistance Officer, send an email to:

You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.