October 31, 2022

Fear not US voters in Kenya; you can still make a difference in 2022

Whether it’s Halloween or you're just worried about your vote counting while living abroad, this time of year can feel a bit unsettling. 

Fear not!

If you’re an American citizen living in Kenya you can still play a critical role in protecting democracy in the United States, by voting and helping to get-out-the-vote by inspiring others to get involved. It’s not too late!

YOU STILL HAVE TIME! You can still vote in the midterm elections! You can still help get out the vote!

Below are some practical ways for you to take action to have your vote counted and boost voter turnout abroad and in the US. You can also reference our comprehensive post just for you to Vote From Kenya: Everything you need to do to request a ballot, vote, return your ballot on time, and make sure your vote is counted

Not voted yet? 

Don’t worry, you still have time to vote! Take action now! 

  • Register: If you haven’t registered to vote yet, or you’re not sure, visit votefromabroad.org and follow the easy to use tools to figure out how to vote from your state.

  • Request your absentee ballot: You’ll need a ballot to vote and you’ll need to request it and return it on time! There are many states where November 1 is the last day you can request your ballot, and other states where you can still request your ballot after November 1st. Enter your state on VoteFromAbroad.orgs simple tool and you’ll learn what you need to do and when to do it by. Here’s another great quick resource on state absentee ballot request deadlines.

  • Haven’t received your ballot yet? If you requested but haven't received your ballot, you can still vote by filling out the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot. Only at http://FVAP.gov/FWAB

  • Send that ballot in! Ballots can travel by mail, fax, or email. Follow the instructions when you receive your ballot to send it in. Check out this graphic below to see how your state accepts ballots.

I voted! What next? 

Even if you’ve already submitted your ballot there’s a lot you can do to help with our efforts here in Kenya and to secure Democratic seats in the House and Senate. 

  1. Check on your ballot - Now that you’ve sent your ballot, you can check that it’s arrived and has been received by visiting https://www.fvap.gov/ and select your state.

  2. Count Your Vote - We have a goal of ensuring that at least 500 American voters in Kenya cast their ballot. Tell us that you voted by clicking the ‘I Voted!’ button in one of your Democrats Abroad emails! This will update our member records. 

  3. Volunteer to phonebank - In 2020, Democrats Abroad callers made over 600,000 calls! You can only vote once, but calling multiplies your vote and amplifies your voice, and empowers others to cast their one vote.

    Join volunteers across the world for phonebanking, RSVP for one of our online trainings and get started!

  4. Celebrate your vote by helping others vote - Share this information via email and WhatsApp, spread the word on social media by following @DemsAbroadKE or @VFAGlobal, and be sure to grab your “I Voted” sticker and share it on social media.

5. Sign up to volunteer with Democrats Abroad Kenya - We’re a growing group of progressive and politically active Democrats living in Kenya. When you sign up to volunteer and be a member, you’ll join a network of like-minded Americans who don’t take their right to vote lightly -  email us at [email protected]. Know other Americans in Kenya who may want to become members? They can join Democrats Abroad Kenya at www.democratsabroad.org/ke