top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

US citizens in France: Get your vote in early

US Ambassador to France urges US citizens to have faith in the voting process

The US Ambassador to France has this advice for Americans in France in the run-up to the US election on November 3: Get your vote in early, and certainly before October 13, as then it is guaranteed to arrive. Overseas voters, of which there are three million, have long relied on the postal system to send in their ballot papers but this year more Americans are expected to vote by post due to the pandemic.

This has caused controversy, with claims that the new head of the US postal service, a Trump ally, has made cuts and changes likely to slow the service down. A survey showed Democrat voters were more likely to vote by post. The president himself has criticised postal voting, saying “there’s tremendous fraud” and the system is a “disaster”.

This uncertainty may dissuade overseas voters more than others. The Federal Voting Assistance Program estimates only around 9% of the 169,037 eligible citizens in France voted in the last US election. Globally, only 6.9% of overseas citizens voted. Nonetheless, US Ambassador Jamie McCourt recommends voters in France maintain faith in the process. “We have a proven process and we have to let the process get carried out,” she said. “Then people should peacefully abide by the result. That’s why their vote counts so much.”

For voters still concerned about sending ballots by post, there are dedicated postboxes outside the US Embassy in Paris and US consulates in Marseille and Strasbourg. Election results may be delayed this year due to more demand for postal votes. “My hope, for all Americans, is that we have an answer on the evening of the election, so we have clarity going forward,” Ms McCourt added.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The US Ambassador to France talks to Connexion about the upcoming election, Trump's opinions of France and more

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now