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Has your absentee ballot been received? Check and find out.

Track Has your absentee ballot been received? Check and find out.

Have you checked to see if your absentee ballot has been received? I did, and yay!

Check with your State officials today.

Note: I removed my personal information from the image above.

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Pay attention when printing out your absentee ballot

Me voting 300x241 Pay attention when printing out your absentee ballot

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 Pay attention when printing out your absentee ballot

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I am voting in the US elections from Europe

My ballot 300x300 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!

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American Politics for the Expat Community with Harolynne Bobis and Trina Roach

Click through to hear the replay of the kick-off of a new monthly show when special guest, Harolynne Bobis (Greece), talked about American politics. Here’s what Harolynne wants to share: So the big question facing American expatriates is should I vote in the midterm elections or should I just forget about it. Of course, the answer is “You should vote.”

Editor’s note: The US Democratic Party lost a lot of seats in the House of Representatives and its majority, and less in the Senate and hung on to its majority, during the 2010 mid-term elections. Many call this a referendum on the Obama Administration. Statistics show that young people were not engaged this year as they were in 2008 while the Republics leveraged domestic issues, including high unemployment as a rallying cry to take back the US. The historic health care legislation hangs in the balance as the Republicans threaten to reverse all of the progress the Obama Administration made in a brief two years following 8 years of Republican rule.

Could the overseas vote have made a difference?

As American society becomes more and more polarized, the elections are closer and closer. And the last votes counted, and therefore the ones that count the most, are those of Uniformed Service and Overseas Civilian voters. Uniformed Service voters include all active duty military personnel, their spouses and their dependents, whether they are stationed within or without the United States. Overseas Civilians are all the rest of us.

The Department of Defense is responsible for making sure that these two constituencies can vote. Military personnel first got the right to vote absentee during the Civil War. It took quite a bit longer for civilians who were not members of the Foreign Service apparatus. A quick anecdote – Several overseas citizen groups began campaigning for the right to vote absentee by attaching tea bags to letters to their members of Congress (but they didn’t call themselves Teabaggers).

Their movement was finally successful during the presidency of Gerald Ford. A current member of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, suggested that President Ford veto the legislation to protect against “voter fraud.” Thankfully, Senator Barry Goldwater convinced President Ford that he didn’t want to be the first president since Reconstruction to veto a voting rights act.

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Americans overseas: Now is the time to request your absentee ballot to vote in the mid-term elections

Vote from abroad Americans overseas: Now is the time to request your absentee ballot to vote in the mid term elections

Got to Vote From Abroad to request your absentee ballot before the end of the month for the crucial mid-elections in November.

Even if you have requested a ballot to vote over seas before, unless you have specifically requested one for the mid-term elections, you must do that now.

pixel Americans overseas: Now is the time to request your absentee ballot to vote in the mid term elections

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