Brazil

HOW TO VOTE FROM BRAZIL

 

Hello and Welcome to Democrats Abroad Brazil!

We’re one of 48 country committees that comprise Democrats Abroad, the official Democratic Party arm for more than 9 million Americans living outside of the United States.

If you’re an American citizen residing in Brazil (including those of you who may have dual citizenship and have even spent the better part of your life here), are 18 years of age on or before the date of the next federal election, you have the right to vote in U.S. state and federal elections.

Contact Email: [email protected] 

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The aim of Democrats Abroad is to provide Americans abroad a Democratic voice in our government and elect Democratic candidates by mobilizing the overseas vote.  Voting overseas (especially depending on your state) may seem at times cumbersome and downright frustrating.  Then there’s the mystery as to whether your vote was actually received and/or tabulated, and that’s not even considering the campaign currently underway by some states to make mail-in and absentee voting even more trying!

DABR is here not only to assist with the voter registration process through VoteFromAbroad.org, we can also provide other information, individual assistance and tools to help you cast your absentee ballots from Brazil. For US Embassy & Consulates in Brazil, in particular concerning citizen services with regard to voting, please consult their page for more information.

But Democrats Abroad Brazil is much more than this!          Read more here!

DABR is self-funded, utilizing all funds raised to support our get out the vote efforts. We are very grateful to all of our donors for their generous support!

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Ronny Rubin
Chair, DABR

DA Brazil Leadership:

Ronny Rubin
| DA Brazil Chair | DPCA Voting Representative
Jessica Espadas
| DA Brazil Vice Chair, DPCA Voting Representative
Jacqueline de Britto
| DA Brazil Vice-Chair of Outreach and Development
joseph weiss
| DA Brazil Treasurer, anti-war and civil rights militant
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    How to Vote from Brazil

     

    If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national abroad, you have the right to vote from abroad in the 2022 midterm elections and every election. If you are or will be 18 years old on November 8, 2022, you can vote in the upcoming elections.

    As a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote from abroad while living, working, or traveling overseas by submitting one form, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). It doesn't matter if you were registered to vote before you left the U.S. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).

    Below you'll find an overview of the entire process of voting from Brazil including how to:

    1. Register and Request a Ballot
    2. Confirm and Receive a Ballot
    3. Vote and Return a Ballot
    4. Track a Ballot

    Questions along the way? Here to help!

    Contact [email protected] at any time with your questions on any stage of the process.

    Before you begin ...

    Please note! If your state requires you to mail in (vs fax or email) your voted ballot - check your state requirements here - then make sure to factor enough postal or courier time to meet the deadline. Ensure your voted ballot becomes a counted ballot.

    1.  Register to vote and request your ballot

    Visit www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your absentee ballot request also known as the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)— it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the uncertainty surrounding postal service, we strongly encourage you to request that your absentee ballot be sent via email.

    Watch a video on how to use www.votefromabroad.org Watch Here

    Every state is different! State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

    If you have any questions while filling out the form, you can also always refer to Vote from Abroad's FAQ section here. Type your question in the website's chat box (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner), or send an email to [email protected]

    2.  Confirm your request has been accepted and that you will receive a ballot

    Confirm your ballot

    You should always verify with your local election official that you will be receiving a ballot. After you submit your Federal Post Card Application request form, call or email your local election official to verify they received it and will be sending a blank ballot to you. You can look up their contact info here.

    The contact information is also listed in the instructions generated when you complete the FPCA on Vote from Abroad. Alternatively, most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated. You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."

    Receive your ballot

    All states must send absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election (MOVE Act.) This year: September 24, 2022.

    --->  Tip:  For states requiring mail back ballots, you don't need to wait for ballots to come out on September 24. If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot NOW.

    The Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline.

    All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here

    When it's time for ballots to come and you don't see yours, check your spam folder -- ballots can hide in there! If you still don't see it, please contact your local election official and confirm they sent your ballot out. You can look up your local election oficial’s contact info here.

    If you don't have your ballot by October 1 and you must mail it back, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.

    3.  Vote and Return your ballot

     Once you've received your ballot make sure to read the instructions carefully on where to sign and how to fill-in bubbles / boxes or writing in a candidate name.

    *** Return your ballot ASAP ***

    Ballot return methods vary by state

    Carefully check your state’s guidelines on return via online, email, postal mail and/or fax. Especially if your state only allows postal mail return — which is the case in many swing states like Michigan, Ohio,

    Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin — you must return your ballot as quickly as possible.

    Check your state's exact ballot return methods here. If your state allows email or fax ballot returns, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay. Find more information on fax submission here.

    --->  Tip:  New Jersey Voters - Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but also requires that the ballot be sent by postal mail, too.

    --->  Tip: New York Voters - Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.

    Returning your ballot via mail

    Private Carrier: If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the best options are :

    • Take your ballot to a post office or book a private mail carrier. Links below with full information check the links to FeDex Brazil here and DHL Brazil here.
    • Brazilian post offices also provide express international mail options. We recommend the Premium option which guarantees delivery date and allows tracking.  Check Correios Brasil Internacional here.

    Important: You must ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope when mailing using any service.

    --->  Tip:  Check your state’s deadline for ballot return and count backwards to ensure timely delivery. The postmark date is important to ensure your ballot is counted!

    --->  Tip:  Even with expedited courier services, ballots still take several days to get to the United States.

    Returning your ballot via diplomatic pouch: Voters in Brazil can drop their ballots off in postage paid envelopes at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia or at Consulates in select cities.

    To contact your Voting Assistance Officer, call or send an email:

    Please be aware that using the diplomatic pouch does not mean your ballot will arrive faster. It can take up to four weeks for the mail to reach its final destination. Therefore, we do not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 5th.

    --->  Tip:  Regardless of how you send in your ballot, remember that you (the voter) must be the one who places it in the mail (or hands it over to the diplomatic pouch). In some states, it is unlawful for any other person to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed.

    --->  Tip:  And when filling out your ballot and packaging your ballot, remember to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot! 

    4.  Track your ballot

    Once you've mailed your ballot, follow up with your local election official to make sure that it arrived and will be counted. Please do not just assume that your ballot has made it! Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot". On the same web page, you can also look up your local election office's contact details and try contacting them directly. They are experiencing an influx of calls, so you will likely need to remain persistent to get through to someone.

    Having trouble? Need help?

    We understand that the voting process from abroad can be confusing — that's why we're here to help.Send an email to [email protected]

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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM Paris Time · 5 rsvps
    Zoom (Online Webinar) in Washington, DC

    DA Taxation Task Force Volunteer Info Session (APAC/EMEA Friendly Time)


    Are you passionate about American abroad tax issues and have the skills or time to help?
    The DA Taxation Task Force is hosting this volunteer information session to explain what's involved in being a volunteer and to answer any questions you might have about volunteering. Click here for an outline of volunteering opportunities for the TTF.

    The DA TTF is a group of dedicated volunteers working towards fixing the tax code for Americans living abroad. We are under new leadership for 2022 and in preparation, we are currently looking to restructure the team as well as inviting new volunteers to join us.

    We have a number of volunteer positions available, from people with no experience who want to help out with social media, to subject matter experts that can help us lobby Congress - everyone and anyone is welcome to contribute!

    Once you attend the info session, we encourage you to complete this application to the best of your ability. You will then be invited to a follow-up one-to-one 30 minute Zoom call to figure out which teams you fit into and to get you started.

    Note: Attending an info session is optional, you do not need to attend to express interest in volunteering. Feel free to go ahead and fill in the application form here.

    You can also express interest in volunteering by emailing [email protected] and including as much information as possible about your background and how you think you can help.

    Please feel free to forward this event page to friends or family that you think might be interested in getting involved!

     

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    Friday, December 30, 2022 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 2 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.

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