Skip Global Navigation to Main Content
Skip Breadcrumb Navigation
Voting Message for U.S. Citizens January 11, 2011

Voting Message for U.S. Citizens January 11, 2011

Dear Citizens, It’s the start of the new year and our consular section would like to extend its best wishes for 2012 to you all, but also take this opportunity to remind everyone that this is a general election year! The Consular Section staff at US Embassy Nouakchott is ready to assist with completing your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA); the form you need to complete this year to participate in the 2012 elections as an overseas absentee voter.

New absentee voting laws are in effect for the 2012 elections. You will no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request. All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot in the 2012 primary and general elections must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year if they wish to vote from abroad. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election. No matter what state you vote in, you can now ask your local election officials to provide your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery on-line. Be sure to include your email address on the form to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive your ballot on time, and we strongly recommend every overseas voter to take advantage of it. Please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website for information on overseas voting.

You may also obtain any updates on election dates and registration deadlines on our embassy voting page at:

Thank you.

Stacey Ba

Consular Section Nouakchott
Tel: (222) 4-525-2660 ext 4527/4551
Fax: (222) 4-525-3945

Please Remember: You can stay in touch, and ensure that your contact and personal information is up-to-date by enrollment in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP), and get Embassy updates by checking the Consular pages on the U.S. Embassy Nouakchott website at You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact the consular section at the Embassy by sending an email message to The U.S. Embassy is located between the Presidency building and the Spanish Embassy on Rue Abdallaye. The postal address is B.P. 222, Nouakchott, telephone (222) 4-525-2660/4527 or 4551. For after-hours emergencies, please call (222) 4-525-3288.