Voting

Introduction
Overseas Americans – estimated at 8.7 million – have had the right to vote in federal elections since 1975, thanks to grassroots campaigning for the right to vote by overseas American organizations and individuals, particularly Democrats Abroad. Since that time, it's become clear that the theoretical right to vote does not necessarily translate into an effective reality. Each state has different procedures and deadlines, information distribution is difficult and mail times can be problematic.

Great strides have been made in recent years, however. More overseas Americans than ever before who wish to vote are able to do so. Online registration tools – www.votefromabroad.org, www.fvap.gov, and www.overseasvotefoundation.org – have facilitated voting, and Congress has passed important legislation protecting overseas citizens' ability to vote.

DA Voting Leadership:

| DA Canada Executive Vice Chair/Global GOTV Co-Chair
| Global GOTV Co-Chair
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    Pennsylvania State House District 133 Special Election

    Let’s keep this Pennsylvania State House seat Democratic!

    On December 5th, Pennsylvania voters in State House District 133 (Allentown and Bethlehem areas, covering portions of Lehigh and Northampton counties) will vote in a Special Election for a new State representative.

    Overseas voters who indicate on their Ballot Request form that they “intend to return” can vote in Pennsylvania State Elections. If you vote in this PA State House District, Request Your Ballot and Vote for Democrat Jeanne McNeill (widow of three-term incumbent Rep. Dan McNeill). Let's keep this seat Democratic!

    Your vote can make a difference! Turnout for Special Elections tend to be very low and just a few votes – such as yours – can be key. Just a few days ago, Democrats won a Special Election in the Oklahoma State House, flipping a long-held Republican seat by only 37 votes.

    It's simple to vote! All registered voters must still request a ballot. Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts. Then print out the form, sign it and MAIL it to Pennsylvania. Your Ballot Request Form must be RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 5th.

    When you get your ballot, MAIL it back right away. Your ballot must be POSTMARKED by Monday, December 4 and RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 12 at 5pm (Eastern Time).

    Concerned You Won’t Get Your Official Ballot in Time? VOTE NOW using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (or FWAB). Then MAIL it back right away. Like the official ballot, it must be POSTMARKED by Monday, December 4th and RECEIVED in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, December 12th at 5pm (Eastern Time). For detailed instructions, go to www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail. And be sure to mail in your Ballot Request form by the deadline too!

     

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    Vote in Alabama Special Election for US Senate on Dec 12

    Let’s elect Democrat Doug Jones as Alabama's new Senator!

    NOW is the time to register to vote and request your ballot for the Alabama US Senate Election on December 12th to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Alabama is the deepest of red states, but Democrat Doug Jones, a career prosecutor, is currently tied in the polls with the truly awful Roy Moore. Republican Moore is looking increasingly vulnerable in the wake of multiple well-documented accusations of improper conduct with underage girls in The Washington Post. (See follow-up reporting in the Huffington Post too).

    Democrats just posted historic wins in races across the US. We can do the same in Alabama, but every vote is crucial!

    It's simple to register to vote! Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form. Then print it out, sign it and MAIL it in. Your form must be POSTMARKED by Monday, November 27th.

    Already Registered to Vote? Be Sure to Request Your Ballot! Overseas voters need to request a ballot every year. Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the prompts to fill in the form. Then print it out, sign it and MAIL it in. Your form must be POSTMARKED by Thursday, December 7th.

    When you get your ballot, MAIL it back right away. It must be POSTMARKED by Tuesday, December 12th and RECEIVED in Alabama by Tuesday, December 19th.

    Concerned You Won’t Get Your Ballot in Time? VOTE NOW using the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (or FWAB). Then MAIL it back right away. It must be POSTMARKED by Tuesday, December 12th and RECEIVED in Alabama by Tuesday, December 19th. For detailed instructions, go to www.democratsabroad.org/fwab_mail. And be sure to mail in your voter registration and ballot request form by the above deadlines!

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