Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.
Voting by mail is also called absentee voting in American Samoa.
Deadline to return your ballot
Election Day, November 3 by 1:30 pm. All ballots must be delivered to the elections office by this time. Postmarks don’t count!
How to get your ballot
An excuse is required to vote by mail.
The deadline to request a ballot is October 19, 2020.
- Download, print, and mail a request form.
- Download and email a request form.
- Call or visit your local elections office.
- You must sign the form in ink.
How to return your ballot
Drop it off in person:
- At your elections office.
- Take it to a post office.
- Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
- Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...
Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.
Seal inner and outer envelopes.
Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.
Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count!
Healthy tips for voting by mail in American Samoa
- If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
- If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
- If you need to buy stamps, consider using the Post Office’s online store, usps.com.
- If you go to a post office or store to buy stamps, wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself, the postal clerk, and other people.
When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.
Polling places are open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
All polling places are open on Election Day.
- All voters are asked to show a photo ID.
Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in American Samoa
- Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
- Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
- Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
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