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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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Vote From Abroad

The whole world is watching to see who the American people will choose as their next President. In fact they are even voting:

Vote For President

While their votes don???t count towards electing the US President, the votes of Black American Expatriates do. Are you prepared to cast your vote?

Whether you are a student studying abroad, active duty military, a long time expat, or just traveling abroad during the election you can register to vote and/or request your absentee ballot online using the Vote From Abroad website:

Vote From Abroad

State deadlines to request your ballot or to register are fast approaching, so sort yourself out today.

Black American Expats – Don’t miss your deadline to request your absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee ballot in the November election you must request your ballot from your State before it’s deadline.


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The Proud Black Voter Blog has a great post including all of the State deadlines. Click on their badge above directly to the post. Read that post today and take action. Use votefromabroad.org to request your ballot online.

Be sure to let your fellow Expats know time is running out for them to do the same.

Want to do more? Find a way to get people in the US to the polls. Be a community organizer.

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