Healthy Voting in American Samoa

For the November 3, 2020 general election in American Samoa

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • You must state a specific reason to vote by mail.

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

  • All voters are asked to show a photo ID.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • 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 are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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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.

You can:

  • Download, print, and mail a request form.
  • Download and email a request form.
  • Call or visit your local elections office.

Remember:

  • You must sign the form in ink.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At your elections office.

Mail it:

  • 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.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

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.
More tips for healthy voting in person

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