The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Germany sent out the following information (emphasis/headlines added) in their June 10, 2020 Health Alert. It includes instructions on how to drop off forms and ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin (in Dahlem) as well as the consulates general in Frankfurt and Munich.

We recommend returning your ballot by email or fax if your state permits this, it’s faster and simpler than the mail.

However, some states require postal ballots or send postage-paid envelopes with their absentee ballots, which are only good within the United States. In other cases, U.S. postage could be cheaper than mailing directly from Germany. Basically, the U.S. Embassy and consulates are offering a way to get your ballot or forms into the U.S. postal stream.

“Despite COVID-19 restrictions, U.S. citizens may still drop off paper voting forms or ballots to be mailed to the United States. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, or professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General.”

Berlin (Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin)

“Ballots will be accepted at the U.S. Embassy building located in Dahlem at Clayallee 170, 14195 Berlin. U.S. Citizens wishing to drop off ballots can do so at the main entrance on Clayallee between the hours of 1300-1500, Monday through Friday (except U.S. and German holidays). Please bring a form of identification (preferably a U.S. passport) and inform the guard that you would like to drop off voting materials. Ballots will not be accepted at the Embassy building in Mitte near the Brandenburg Gate.”

Frankfurt (Gießener Str. 30, 60435 Frankfurt)

“Go to the Consulate General entrance (Gießener Str. 30, 60435 Frankfurt) during regular business hours with your registration or ballot and inform the guard that you would like to drop off voting materials. The guard will show you to the voting materials drop-box where you can leave your registration or ballot.”

Munich (Königinstraße 5, 80539 München)

“Ballots can be dropped off at the American Citizens Services unit at the consulate (Koeniginstrasse 5) Monday through Friday between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm.”

Envelopes

Ballots must be placed in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. domestic postage so they may be delivered to the proper local election authorities.”

If you need help registering to vote or requesting your absentee ballot (needs to be done every calendar year), please get in touch: berlin@democratsabroad.de You can find out more information and fill out your ballot request on votefromabroad.org. The site will guide you through submitting electronically if your state allows it, or filling out the forms to print if a paper form is required.

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