Today – Request your absentee ballot

Vote From Abroad

Request your ballot today and start the year off well as we head towards winning back the Senate and House.
https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/home.htm

Remember – Americans abroad CAN vote in midterm elections. US Senate and Representative elections are Federal elections that every American abroad voter is entitled to vote in.

Americans abroad CAN make a difference in these midterms. Every vote counts and even a few votes can swing an election (or a state legislature!) from red to blue.

Vote From Abroad
Finally, please remember that Americans abroad need to request our ballots every year we’d like to vote. Even those of us who requested a ballot in December 2017 must request their ballot again for this calendar year. That way, our ballots will be counted in every 2018 election.

Happy New Year to you from Democrats Abroad! I’m looking forward to helping turn 2018 into a year we can all be proud of. I very much appreciate your help making it happen.

Any questions, just let us know. We love to answer voter registration questions. gotv@democratsabroad.org

All the best,
Julia
Julia Bryan
Chair, Democrats Abroad

Pay attention when printing out your absentee ballot

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Note: Voting absentee ballot and got an email ballot you have to print out and return? Be alerted to the fact that you need to compare the printed ballot to the print preview screen. If the printed ballot does not contain all content visible on the print preview screen, subsequent steps should be taken. This may include using the function “Fit to Printable Area” or similar function before reprinting the ballot(s).

Gotta Vote

I am voting in the US elections from Europe

Voting in the United States is not the easiest thing to do when you live there. But as an expat it’s not that hard as long as you are vigilant. My ballot came and my vote will be registered which is super nice. Participating in the electoral process is not optional for me. It’s an absolute must.

Here is the information you need to Vote From Abroad:

Alabama

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 26, 2012

Request ballot by November 1, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012 (postmarked by November 5, 2012)

Alaska

General Election: November 6, 2011

Register by October 7, 2012

Request ballot by October 27, 2012

Return ballot by November 21, 2012 (assume postmarked by November 6, 2012

Arizona

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Request ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Arkansas

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by 5 pm on November 16, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

California

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 22, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by 8 pm on November 6, 2012

Colorado

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by November 14, 2012 (assume postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Connecticut

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by November 5, 2012

Request ballot by November 5, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Delaware

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 22, 2012

Request ballot by November 2, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

District of Columbia

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by November 16, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Florida

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by October 31, 2012

Return ballot by November 16, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Georgia

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by November 2, 2012

Return ballot by November 9, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Hawaii

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 8, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Idaho

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 12, 2012

Request ballot by October 31, 2012

Return ballot by 8 pm on November 6, 2012

Illinois

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by October 29, 2012

Return ballot by November 20, 2012 (assume postmarked by November 6, 2011)

Indiana

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 27, 2012

Request ballot by October 29, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Iowa

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request mailed ballot by November 2, 2012

Request emailed or faxed ballot by 5pm on November 5, 2012

Return ballot via mail by November 12, 2012 (postmarked by November 5, 2012)

Return ballot via email/fax by 9 pm on November 6, 2012

Kansas

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by November 6, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Kentucky

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot November 6, 2012

Louisiana

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 8, 2012

Request ballot by November 5, 2012

Runoff Election: December 1, 2012

Register by October 31, 2012

Request ballot by November 30, 2012

Return ballot by December 1, 2012

Maine

General Election: November 6, 2012

No Registration deadline

No ballot request deadline

Return ballot by 8 pm on November 6, 2012

Maryland

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration received or postmarked by October 16, 2012

Request ballot via mail by 8 pm on October 30, 2012

Request ballot via fax or email by 11:59 pm on October 30, 2012

Return ballot by 10 am on November 16, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Massachusetts

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by 12 pm on November 5, 2012

Return ballot via mail by 5 pm on November 16, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Return ballot via fax or email by 8 pm on November 6, 2012

Michigan

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by November 6, 2012

Request ballot by 2 pm on November 3, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Minnesota

General Election November 6, 2012

Registration not required

No deadline for ballot request

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Mississippi

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 27, 2012

No deadline for ballot request

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Missouri

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 10, 2012

Request ballot by October 31, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Montana

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by November 6, 2012

Request ballot by November 6, 2012

Return ballot by 8 pm on November 6, 2012

Nebraska

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 19, 2012

Request ballot by October 31, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Nevada

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 6, 2012

Request ballot by 5 pm on October 30, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

New Hampshire

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by November 6, 2012

Request ballot by November 5, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

New Jersey

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 16, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

New Mexico

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by November 2, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

New York

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 12, 2012

Request ballot by October 26, 2012

Return ballot by November 19, 2012 (postmarked by November 5, 2012)

North Carolina

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by November 5, 2012

Request ballot by November 5, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

North Dakota

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by September 22, 2012

Return ballot by November 9 or 12 depending on county (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Ohio

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by November 3, 2012

Return ballot by November 16, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Oklahoma

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by October 31, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Oregon

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 17, 2012 (or postmarked by October 17, 2012)

No ballot request required

Return ballot by 8 pm on November 6, 2012

Pennsylvania

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by November 6, 2012

Return ballot by November 13, 2012 (postmarked by November 5, 2012)

Rhode Island

General Election: November 6, 2012

Registration not required

Request ballot by October 16, 2012

Return ballot by 9 pm on November 6, 2012

South Carolina

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 6, 2012

Request ballot by 5 pm on November 5, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

South Dakota

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 22, 2012

Request ballot by 3 pm on November 6, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Tennessee

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 30, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot on November 6, 2012

Texas

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 9, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by November 12, 2012 (postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Utah

General Election November 6, 2012

Register by November 2, 2012

Request ballot by November 2, 2012

Return ballot by 12 pm on November 19, 2012 (postmarked by November 5, 2012)

Vermont

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 31, 2012

Request ballot by November 5, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Virginia

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 15, 2012

Request ballot by October 30, 2012

Return ballot by 7 pm on November 6, 2012

Washington

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by November 6, 2012

Request ballot by November 6, 2012

Return ballot by November 26, 2012 (assume postmarked by November 6, 2012)

West Virginia

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 16, 2012

Request ballot by October 31, 2012

Return ballot by November 13, 2012 (assume postmarked by November 6, 2012)

Wisconsin

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 17, 2012

Request ballot by November 2, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Wyoming

General Election: November 6, 2012

Register by October 23, 2012

Request ballot by November 5, 2012

Return ballot by November 6, 2012

Click on the banner below to register, request your ballot and to participate in the system. Your vote counts!

Your absentee ballot vote is critical.

Your vote is critical. Register now at Vote From Abroad

Twenty-five states, including nine swing states ??? Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, ??? have registration deadlines in the next two weeks.
Voters in the following states (who have not yet registered and/or requested their ballots) must ensure that their FPCAs are sent in NOW!

Oct. 4 ??? Illinois, Nevada, South Carolina
Oct. 5 ??? Alaska, Mississippi
Oct. 6 ??? Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming
Oct. 8 ??? Missouri
Oct. 10 ??? Idaho, New York

All of these states except for NY and WY will accept faxed FPCAs. Please use the following US fax number: +1-703-693-5527 (the toll free numbers in many parts of the world do not work). All faxes are received in Virginia by the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The FVAP will log in the date and time that the fax was received and then forward it on to your local election official. For deadline purposes, your form is deemed received when it arrives on the FVAP’s fax machine, but you still must MAIL the original form to your local election official.

Exceptions: NY and WY do NOT accept faxes. The only way to meet the deadlines for NY and WY is to ensure that your original FPCA arrives in the local election office by mail no later than the deadline. (NY and WY will also accept FPCAs by commercial courier.) NOTE: FPCAs need NOT carry a foreign postmark!

Later Deadlines: The other states have later registration deadlines. Check them here: Democrats Abroad and watch for our forthcoming Voter Alerts. You can expect these every few days through October.
To check the status of your registration, check Democrats Abroad. If your state is not listed, contact your local election official. You can find this information at Vote Smart.

Still haven???t registered for your absentee ballot?

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Voter Registration: Deadlines, Alerts and Important Info for the Overseas Citizen

The overseas electoral system in the US is at best confusing, and frequently impossible to sort out. Federal elections are run by the states, and they do not have uniform rules amongst the states and too frequently even within a state. Local election official frequently have great discretion. The following attempts to provide some clarity on issues relevant to voters in the next month.
Registration Deadlines
* Earliest Deadlines: No state has a registration deadline before October 6.
* Meeting the Deadline by Fax: Most states allow the deadline to be met by faxing the original signed FPCA as long as the original hardcopy is mailed and received before the ballots are counted.
Exceptions: New York, Alabama, and Wyoming do not accept faxes. Alabama has a registration deadline of October 24. New York has a registration deadline of October 10. Wyoming has a registration deadline of October 6. The only way to meet the deadlines for NY, AL, and WY is to ensure that your original FPCA arrives in the local election official’s office by mail no later than the deadline. (New York and Wyoming will also accept them by courier services).
* Later Deadlines: Some states have a later deadline registration deadline. Check them here: Registration Dates

Ballot Request Deadlines: How to request a ballot if you are already registered
* The same FPCA form is also used to request a ballot. No state has a ballot request deadline before October 6.
* Some states have a later deadline for people who have previously registered as overseas voters.
* Most states allow the deadline to be met by faxing the original signed FPCA as long as the original hardcopy is mailed and received before the ballots are counted.
Exceptions: New York, Alabama, and Wyoming do not accept faxes. Alabama has a ballot request deadline of October 30. New York has a ballot request deadline of October 24. Wyoming has a ballot request deadline of November 3. The only way to meet the deadlines for NY, AL, and WY is to ensure that your original FPCA arrives in the local election official’s office by mail no later than deadline. (New York and Wyoming will also accept them by courier services).

* Some states have a later registration deadline. Check here:
Registration Dates

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)
* Use this back-up ballot if your state ballot does not arrive in time to return it using your local mail system.
* If you have not yet sent in your FPCA, you should:
Fax your FPCA (unless you vote in AL, NY, or WY); and mail the original along with the FWAB. The FWAB must go in a blank envelope that is referred to as a security envelope. The security envelope, the voter declaration and the FPCA should all be mailed together from outside the United States. (If you are in the Uniformed Services or the Merchant Marines you can mail it from within the U.S.).
* If you have already registered and requested your ballot, only mail the security envelope with the voted ballot inside and the voter declaration.
* Foreign Postmark: All states will accept a foreign postmark as evidence of submission form outside the U.S.
* Consular Stamp: All states have been informed by the U.S. State Department that they should accept a consular stamp as evidence of submission from outside the U.S.
* Commercial Courier: Some states will also accept a commercial courier service waybill as evidence of submission from outside the U.S.
Using a courier service should be a last resort. Alabama explicitly refuses to accept materials sent to them by commercial couriers, such as Federal Express and DHL.
U.S. Citizens who never lived in the U.S.
* Federal law does not require any state to extend voting eligibility to a person who has never resided in that state on the basis that one or both of the person’s parents formerly resided in that state. Many states, however, do.
* Disenfranchised: Children born abroad to voters otherwise eligible to vote in Alaska, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are disenfranchised by state law.
* Enfranchised: Children born abroad to voters eligible to vote in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are specifically enfranchised by state law, i.e. they are allowed to register and vote.

* All other states are silent on the issue. Voters in this situation should send in an FPCA; if it is rejected, they should notify votercentral@democratsabroad.org.
Denver, Colorado Voters
* The Denver election office moved in June, and FPCAs were not forwarded to the new address. Please ensure that your form was received.
* You can check your status on-line here
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* You can also contact them by calling +1 720-913-8683 or emailing elections@denvergov.org.
* If your form was not received, you should fill out another one today and fax it to: +1 720 913-8600.
* All forms should also be mailed to:
Denver Elections Division
3888 E. Mexico Avenue
Denver, CO 80210 USA.
Visiting the U.S.
* If you live abroad, but are currently in the U.S., you can call your local election official to find out if there are any additional voting options available.
* If you are still abroad, but plan to be visiting the US on Election Day, you should mail your Federal Write-In Ballot BEFORE you enter the U.S.
Fax Numbers
* If the toll free fax number
from your country is not working, please use the following number: +1 703 693-5527.
* The FVAP know that several of these numbers, including the one from China, are not working, and they are investigating.
MYTH: “If I vote, the IRS will hassle me.”
Voting in US Federal elections does not affect the determination of tax liability or tax residence. You will not hear from the IRS because you voted in a Federal election, i.e. President, Senate, or House of Representatives. (Note: Voting in state and local elections can potentially affect state and local tax status. We recommend that you seek expert advice before voting in state or local elections.) For more info, click here
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My parents are American but I grew up overseas. Can I vote?

My Mom’s American, but I grew up abroad.

Overseas voting is easy, but there’s one grey area. And this is it: children of US citizens who have never lived in the US.

A number of states — 17 at last count — clearly allow such children to vote using the last address of their American parent(s). The rest of the states are silent. They don’t say one way or the other. So, what should you do?

Go to VoteFromAbroad.org and request an absentee ballot using the voting address of your American parent(s). In the comments section, explain your situation. Wait a couple of weeks and call to see if they received and accepted your request.

If they refuse it, let Vote From Abroad know. Recently, one such voter was refused a ballot in New Hampshire. Democrats Abroad stepped in and New Hampshire has now changed its policy!

Contact: votercentral@democratsabroad.org