As overseas citizens, we need to make sure that we go through the process of completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register and request a ballot for the handful of States that will be having special elections for federal offices this year. We want to encourage all overseas citizens to participate in all special elections, as well as eligible statewide and local elections occurring in 2017.
If you are a resident from any of the states and voting districts listed below, please register and request an absentee ballot today at VoteFromAbroad.org. You must complete, print out, sign and send the FPCA to your election office to ensure you will receive a ballot for the election. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times.
Georgia — U.S. House, 6th Congressional District
Special Election on April 18 | Special Election Runoff on June 20, 2017
Seat vacated by the resignation of Tom Price (R) when he was confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services — concerns voters in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties. Ballots will be sent beginning March 4 for those who have requested them.
- MAR 20 Voter registration by email, fax or mail (postmarked AND received by March 23) by 5pm
- APR 14 Ballot request by email, fax or mail by 5pm
- APR 18 Voted ballot return by mail (postmarked AND received by April 21)
- JUN 20 Voted ballot for runoff (if necessary) return by mail (postmarked AND received by June 23)
South Carolina — U.S. House, 5th Congressional District
Special Primary Election on May 2 — Special Election on June 20
Seat vacated by the resignation of Mick Mulvaney (R) when he was confirmed as director of the OMB — concerns voters is Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Newberry, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union and York Counties.
- APR 2 Voter registration for primary by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
- MAY 2 Ballot request for primary by email, fax or mail by 7pm
- MAY 2 Voted ballot return for primary by email, fax by 7pm or mail (AND received by May 3 by 5pm)
- MAY 21 Voter registration by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
- JUN 20 Ballot request by email, fax or mail by 7pm
- JUN 20 Voted ballot return by email, fax by 7pm or mail (AND received by June 22 by 5pm)
Montana — U.S. House, Montana's at-large Congressional District
Special Election on May 25
Seat vacated by the resignation of Ryan Zinke (R) when he was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.
- MAY 25 Voter registration by email, fax or mail by 8pm
- MAY 25 Ballot request by email, fax or mail by 8pm
- MAY 25 Voted ballot return by email, fax, and mail by 8pm
New Jersey — Governor
State Primary Election on June 6 — State General Election on November 7
Incumbent Governor, Republican Chris Christie is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election.
- MAY 7 Voter registration/Ballot request for primary by mail by 8pm
- JUN 2 Voter registration/Ballot request for primary by email or fax by 8pm
- JUN 6 Voted ballot return for primary by email, fax, and mail by 8pm by fax or email, ballot must still be delivered by mail
- OCT 8 Voter registration/Ballot request by mail by 8pm
- NOV 3 Voter registration/Ballot request by email or fax by 8pm
- NOV 7 Voted ballot return by email, fax, and mail by 8pm by fax or email, ballot must still be delivered by mail
California — U.S. House, 34th Congressional District
Special Election on June 6
Seat vacated by the resignation of Xavier Becerra (D) when he was confirmed as Attorney General of California — concerns voters is Los Angeles County (Downtown and Northeast).
Results of the Special Primary Election on April 4 mean that Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D) and former L.A. city planning commissioner Robert Lee Ahn (D) are set to advance to the runoff election on June 6.
- MAY 22 Voter registration online or by fax or mail (postmarked)
- MAY 30 Ballot request by email, fax or mail
- JUN 6 Voted ballot return by fax or mail (postmarked AND received by June 9)
Virginia — Governor
State Primary Election on June 13 — Gubernatorial Election on November 7 Incumbent Governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe is term-limited and not eligible to run for re-election.
- MAY 22 Voter registration for primary online, or by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
- JUN 6 Ballot request for primary online, or by email, fax or mail by 5pm
- JUN 13 Voted ballot return for primary by mail by 7pm
- OCT 16 Voter registration online, or by email, fax or mail (postmarked)
- OCT 31Ballot request by online, or by email, fax or mail by 5pm
- NOV 7 Voted ballot return by mail by 7pm
Alabama — U.S. Senate
A special election will be held for the Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and now occupied by Republican Luther Strange.
State Primary Election on Aug. 15th and a runoff for Sept. 26. The general election will be on Dec. 12, almost a year ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.As Americans living abroad, we have a unique perspective to offer regarding policies such as universal healthcare, affordable higher education, parental leave - in other words, policies considered progressive and much debated in the USA, but standard practice in many of the countries we live in.Stories of Americans Abroad is a blog which presents our experiences to the world. When it comes to policies new to the country, many Americans are forced to base their opinions on statistics and statements unfounded in experience. Stories of Americans Abroad can change that, taking advantage of a medium that is part of our globally connected world. It allows those of us living physically far away to directly engage in the political conversation back home.In addition to helping determine the direction of the Democratic Party, we also want to reach a much broader base in the USA. For this reason, we have decided on a nonpartisan title to get more people to start reading. We have based the format on Humans of New York (HONY) - short stories or excerpts from longer interviews along with a pictures of the subjects.We have gotten started at the Hamburg Chapter level, but would like to expand quickly to the DAG level. Your Chapter wants to take part and contribute? Here is what you need to organize:- Get the current topic out to your members (e-mail blast), asking for stories, opinions and experiences.- Select the responses you consider most suitable to the objective and format.- Follow up with the respective members to take a picture (note that head shot is not necessary; there are examples of alternative photos on the HONY website).- Send your full responses, suggested excerpts and pictures to DAG-Hamburg@democratsabroad.org.The first topic is Universal Healthcare, and we are looking for your contributions now! You can find the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/stories.americansabroad/ . Please also see HONY for more reference data regarding format: https://www.facebook.com/humansofnewyork/ and http://www.humansofnewyork.com/.
Come join us at the very first Young Dems meeting of this year on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 7:30pm! We will be meeting at the Irish Pub near Zoo and will be focussing on Betsy DeVos' appointment as Secretary of Education and what we can do from abroad to show our opposition to this decision.
It's not required, but RSVP to help us plan, and share this event on Facebook so we can reach more young Americans in Berlin!
Young Dems Berlin is the Democrats Abroad Youth Caucus branch in Berlin, which includes everybody under the age of 35. The purpose of the youth caucus is to discuss topics pertaining to the youth of America, and how we can address these issues effectively from abroad.
Join us 5 PM on Saturday, April 29 at Zum Lichtenhainer to gather with other Americans for a fun evening with a twist. Come share and discuss topics and activities of interest, and learn about Democrats Abroad activities on the international and national level, other popular resources, and an opportunity to do more.
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