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How to Vote from Chile

 

 

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

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 Peru 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? Contact [email protected] at any point!

1.  Register to vote and request your ballot

Visit 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 serves as a voter registration form as well. Be sure to choose the option to receive your ballot via email!

 

Every state has different submission rules and deadlines!

Your state’s can be found at Your State Rules  and on the VotefromAbroad.org homepage. 

If you have any questions while filling out the form, you can refer to FAQs, also on the homepage.  If you don’t find your answer listed there,  click the online  Voter Help Desk’s red circle at the bottom right and type in your question.  Or email: [email protected].

 

2.  Confirm your request has been accepted and that you will receive a 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 (FPCA) request form, if they don’t send you a confirmation of receipt right away, 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 information  at  Your State Rules.

The contact information is also listed in the instructions generated when you complete the FPCA on VotefromAbroad.org. Alternatively, most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated and are not aimed at abroad voters; You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."

By  federal law pertaining to overseas voters, 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 sending in a Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB) NOW as a backup! This allows you to use a quicker and more economical method of mail, courier, or embassy/consult delivery (see below in section 3). If you then receive your state’s complete official  ballot in time to mail  or courier it back, you can do so! Your FWAB ballot will be superseded by your state’s ballot - you will not be voting twice! 

The 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 in FAQs Here

You can easily fill out online and download a  FWAB backup ballot at:  FWAB backup ballot ONLINE  or download and fill out by hand online here: FWAB backup ballot

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, contact your local election official and confirm they sent your ballot out. Remember, you can look up your local election oficial’s contact info at Your State Rules.

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.  See details above.

 

3.  Vote and Return your ballot

Return your ballot ASAP via the easiest and quickest  option available for your state!

Because ballot return methods vary by state, carefully check your state’s guidelines on return via online upload, email, fax, or postal mail at Your State Rules.  If  your state only allows postal mail return you must return your ballot as quickly as possible! See mail-return options below.

--->  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 as well.

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

 

Returning your ballot via online upload or email

Bingo! If your state allows, these are the easiest, fastest options. Use these!

(Note that DA continually works with individual state representatives to promote legislation that would allow these option for all states. )

Returning your ballot via fax

If you don’t have a fax machine or international fax service isn’t easily available, you can use an Email-to-Fax service! The Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP) offers one free. Simply download an FVAP Transmission Cover Sheet; fill it out and EMAIL it along with your completed ballot to [email protected]; they will convert your email to a fax and fax it to your local election office as listed on  your Cover Sheet.

Other free Email-to-Fax services are available online; two are:

HelloFax allows you to send up to 5 pages for free.

FAX.PLUS allows you to send up 10 pages for free.

Note: If you wait until too close to November 8th, the FVAP service will get busy and they won’t be able to guarantee your faxed ballot will arrive by your state’s deadline; it would then be best to use an alternate service.

Returning your ballot via mail

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, your options are :

Post Office

Use your local post office IF you have reliable postal service in your area! and IF you are sending your ballot back early enough to allow time for delivery to your local election office in the states. Be sure to add international postage to your Postage Paid envelope.

Courier Service

Courier service is a more reliable and timely option, but of course more costly. For fees and locations nearest you, contact the offices listed:

Chilexpress: Website contact:  https://www.chilexpress.cl/sucursales-servicio-courier-envios-carga-chile

UPS: Call center service, Santiago: 800-742587; Mon-Fri 8am-7pm.

DHL: Moneda 975, Santiago, 8320239, Región Metropolitana; +56 9 5005 6206

FedEx: Catedral 1017, P.º Puente 516, local 19, Santiago, 8320000, Región Metropolitana; +56 2 3252 3179

--->  Tip: Family members whose ballots are in separate postage-paid envelopes and both addressed to the same local election office may use one courier delivery package.

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.

 

Diplomatic pouch delivery from the US Embassy in Santiago: 

Voters in Chile can drop their ballots off at the U.S. Embassy at Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago for free delivery via diplomatic pouch to the U.S. where it will then be routed to your local election office through the U.S. Post Office. Ballots must be placed in postage paid return envelopes, or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. domestic postage for delivery within the U.S. (postage from Chile to the United States is not required using this method). You can contact the embassy directly at: (56-2) 2330-3000.

Please note that all visitors to the Embassy are subject to security screening and you may not be permitted to bring electronic devices, including cell phones, inside the facility. 

Please note that it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent through the embassy or consulate.  All overseas U.S. citizens are advised to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.

Due to time constraints, DA does not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after Oct. 3rd.

 

Regardless of how you send your ballot

--->  Tip:  Know that it is unlawful in some states for a second party to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed. To ensure lawful ballot return, you the voter, should place your voted ballot in the mail, provide to the courier,  or hand in for the diplomatic pouch. Alternatively, contact [email protected] to find out if your state is one that disallows second party handling of voted ballots. 

 

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. Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, go to Your State Rules  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 contact them directly. If they are experiencing an influx of calls or emails, you may need to remain persistent, but this can be the most direct and reliable way to track your ballot.

--->  Tip:  Know that voter error is the main cause of ballot rejection!

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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REVIEW OF KEY POINTS FOR VOTING

●       Request your overseas ballot now! www.votefromabroad.org

●       Check the option (on the request form) that your ballot be sent to you by email!

●       Submit your request form online or by email, if your state allows; unfortunately, some states require you to mail your request.  

●       If your state allows you to return your voted ballot electronically – do it!  (By email, upload, or fax).

●       If your state requires you to mail back your ballot:

○       Request your ballot now so you’ll receive it on Sept 24 when counties start sending overseas ballots out (45 days before the election)

○       Download and vote your ballot immediately!

○       Use your embassy or consulate’s diplomatic pouch (by Oct 2nd) or use a courier service to send it back.

●       Track your request form and your ballot.

●       Questions?  [email protected]

 

Need help scanning your ballot?

 Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone.

If you don't have a scanning app on your phone, you can use Adobe Scan mobile app for iPhone & Android

 

 


30 Day Notice of Annual General Meeting

DA Chile Members:

We are excited to announce that our next Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Feb 25th.  Our plan is to take advantage of the Democratic debate scheduled for the same day, and meet for the AGM just prior to the debate. 

Date: Feb 25, 2020
Place: California Cantina (Las Urbinas 44-56, Providencia, Santiago) in the Jimador Room (2nd floor).
Time: 8.00 pm

During the AGM, we will discuss voting in the upcoming Global Democrats Abroad Presidential Primary (how, when, where and why),  review our finances, volunteer opportunities and discuss ideas for future get-togethers and fund raising opportunities during the campaign season and leading up to the election. 

We encourage you to come and participate in the AGM, and stay after to watch the debate, meet other like-minded Democrats, eat/drink and discuss some of the most important topics affecting the US and abroad. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

DA Chile Executive Committee

RSVP HERE!

 


Acuerdos Comerciales y Arancelarios de Trump: Desastroso para los Estadounidenses en el Extranjero, Impacto Local y Global

Por: Bernardo Javalquinto, Ph.D.

Prácticamente todas las naciones que comenzaron como una colonia y obtuvieron su independencia se han beneficiado al tener una economía abierta, en oposición a aquellas que optan por políticas comerciales cerradas y “proteccionistas.”  Existe una gran cantidad de evidencia que demuestra que las economías cerradas crean una serie de problemas que afectan negativamente a sus ciudadanos, y muchos desconocen que el daño no solo es aplicable a los ricos y poderosos, sino que se extiende a sus ciudadanos de la clase trabajadora a nivel local. En el caso de la Administración Trump, cada día que pasa nos acerca más a una economía cerrada, y los estadounidenses que viven en el extranjero están viendo de primera mano el daño global que está haciendo EE. UU. amenazando con nuevos aranceles y luchando por demandas comerciales unilaterales.

Seamos claros: una amplia gama de respetados economistas está de acuerdo en que los aranceles de Trump perjudicarán a la mayoría de los estadounidenses.  Estados Unidos era, y sigue siendo, interdependiente de la economía global. A pesar de la crisis financiera de la Era de la Depresión, esta nos dejó grandes enseñanzas sobre economía, mercados, comercio y aranceles. Estados Unidos tradicionalmente ha crecido al ser una de las naciones industrializadas más prósperas, pero ahora se arriesga a dejar de ser económicamente competitiva y nos recuerda las amenazas provocadas durante la Depresión.

Increíblemente, las políticas del Presidente revierten el largo y lento giro de Estados Unidos hacia una economía más abierta.  Los economistas, el Partido Demócrata y el pueblo estadounidense se dan cuenta plenamente de lo que está haciendo actualmente la Administración Trump en materia de comercio y aranceles.  El Sr. Trump cree saberlo todo sobre negocios, pero está claro que su experiencia en los negocios ha dado lugar a políticas que benefician al 1 por ciento con los más altos ingresos y a Wall Street, y no a los trabajadores y las familias de clase media.

Aun más, a medida que la Administración de Trump nos empuja  hacia una economía cerrada, sus políticas comerciales inevitablemente continuarán afectando otros asuntos como la migración.  La administración ya está elevando indirectamente el costo de los bienes y servicios a través de los aranceles pero la economía básica nos dice que cuando los precios comienzan a subir, la inflación sigue su ejemplo.  Esto es significativo porque el poder adquisitivo del pueblo estadounidense disminuye hoy en día debido al hecho de que los precios son más altos para los bienes y servicios importados.  Dado que economistas, académicos y otros que entienden lo que está sucediendo actualmente en la Administración de Trump nos han advertido de una desaceleración económica, es imperativo que actuemos ahora para evitar la tensión emocional de las familias de Estados Unidos que tienen que salir adelante ante peores acuerdos comerciales y arancelarios.  Las economías proteccionistas no permiten una competencia económica justa para mantener un equilibrio en los precios; esto solo crea una economía extremadamente nacionalista que no puede competir con otras economías de libre mercado para ser más eficiente, más innovadora y mantener un crecimiento sostenible a largo plazo..

No nos sorprende que esté ausente en el manual comercial de la administración un plan de ayuda para los estadounidenses de bajos ingresos al ser afectados por los agresivos nuevos aranceles que indudablemente desalentarán aún más la cooperación internacional. Mientras tanto la administración continúa negociando acuerdos comerciales a puerta cerrada a favor de las corporaciones estadounidenses, y a su vez, los lideres de los sindicatos de los trabajadores estadounidenses esperan pacientemente a ver la menor evidencia de que la administración planea seriamente en este siglo 21 incluir protección a los trabajadores.

Para resumir, esta administración está creando políticas en Twitter a las 3 a.m. y no teniendo una discusión seria con el pueblo estadounidense para explicar las razones de los aranceles agresivos que perjudicarán a los estadounidenses tanto en el país como en el extranjero.  Esta administración sigue sin ser transparente al presentar sus planes comerciales a pesar de que el Sr. Trump afirma tener habilidades de negociación “sin precedents”.  Y mientras que la retórica de esta administración afirma promover la protección de los trabajadores estadounidenses, la evidencia demuestra que los únicos que interesan al presidente son los donantes de su campaña.

Por estas razones, invito a todos los ciudadanos de EE. UU. a reflexionar sobre el daño que nuestro país está experimentando con las políticas comerciales y arancelarias de Donald Trump, a menos que, por supuesto, los ciudadanos de Estados Unidos deseen experimentar otra desaceleración económica.

 

El Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto es economista, miembro del Comité de Dirección del Caucus Hispano de Demócratas en el Extranjero y Presidente de Demócratas en el Extranjero de Chile.


Trump’s Trade and Tariffs Deals: Disastrous for Americans Abroad, Local and Global Impact

By: Bernardo Javalquinto, Ph.D.

Virtually every nation which began as a colony and gained independence has benefitted from having an open economy, as opposed to those opting for closed, “protectionist” trade policies. There is a mountain of evidence demonstrating that closed economies carry a number of problems which negatively affect their citizens, and many are unaware that the damage is not only applicable to the wealthy and powerful but rather extends to its working-class citizenry on a local level. In the case of the Trump Administration, every day that passes takes us one step closer to a closed economy, and Americans living abroad are seeing first-hand the global damage being done by the U.S. threatening new tariffs and striving for unilateral trade demands.

Let’s be clear: a wide range of respected economists agree that Trump’s tariffs will hurt most Americans. The United States was – and still is – interdependent with the global economy. Despite the financial crisis of the Depression era, it taught us many lessons about economics, markets, trade, and tariffs. The United States has traditionally thrived in being one of the most prosperous industrialized nations but now risks remaining economically competitive and reminds us of the threats brought on by the Depression era.

Incredibly, the President’s policies reverse America’s long, slow shift towards a more open economy. Economists, the Democratic Party, and the American people fully realize what the Trump Administration is currently doing on trade and tariffs. Mr. Trump believes he is all-knowledgeable on business deals, but it is clear his business experience has led to policies which are beneficial to the top 1 percent of income earners and Wall Street, and not the workers and families of Main Street.

Furthermore, as the Trump Administration pushes us further toward a closed economy, its trade policies will inevitably continue to affect other issues such as migration. The administration is already indirectly raising the cost of goods and services through tariffs, but basic economics tells us that when prices start to rise, inflation follows suit. This is significant because the purchasing power of the American people is decreased nowadays due to the fact that prices are higher for imported goods and services. As economists, academics, and others who understand what is currently happening by the Trump Administration have warned us of an economic slowdown, it is imperative that we act now to avoid the emotional strain of America’s families having to somehow get by on worse trade deals and tariffs. Protectionist economies do not allow for fair economic competition to maintain a balance in prices; it only creates an extremely nationalist economy that is not able to compete with other free-market economies to become more efficient, more innovative, and maintain sustainable growth over time.

Not surprisingly, absent from the administration’s trade playbook is how it intends on helping the lowest-earning Americans from being affected by teasing new tariffs which would undoubtedly further discourage international cooperation. Meanwhile, the administration continues to negotiate trade deals behind closed doors on behalf of corporate America while America’s labor leaders are patiently waiting to see any shred of evidence where the administration is serious about including 21st-century worker protections.

To summarize, this administration is creating 3:00 A.M. policies on Twitter and not having a serious discussion with the American people in explaining the rationale for aggressive tariffs which will hurt Americans both domestically and abroad. This administration continues to not be transparent in detailing trade plans despite Mr. Trump claiming to have “unprecedented” negotiating skills. And while this administration’s rhetoric is about promoting the protection of American workers, evidence shows that the only stakeholders who have the president’s ear are his campaign donors.

For these reasons, I would invite every U.S. citizen to think about the damage that our country is experiencing with Donald Trump’s trade and tariff policies, unless, of course, America’s citizens are yearning to experience another economic slowdown.

 

Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto is an economist, a member of the Democrats Abroad Hispanic Caucus Steering Committee, and the Chair of Democrats Abroad Chile.


Election Information - Democrats Abroad Chile

The nomination window has closed and today we begin the process of electing the officers of the Executive Committee for Democrats Abroad Chile.

Nominees

Candidate for Chairperson
Dr. Bernardo Javalquinto-Lagos, PhD

Candidate for Vice-Chairperson
Mary Laverty

Candidate for Secretary
Christopher Meek

Candidate for Treasurer
B
rian Stout

You can learn more about each candidate and read their statements here.

Bylaws approval
Please review the revisions to the bylaws here and be sure mark your ballot accordingly.

Official Ballot
The Official Ballot – 2019 AGM/Elections can be downloaded from here.

Please print this ballot and bring it to the General Meeting on May 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm Holanda 129, Providencia (Metro Tobalaba - Luis Thayer Ojeda exit). Ballots also provided at the meeting.

-or-

If you cannot attend the meeting on May 25th, please email this ballot, from your own email address (the email address you used to register with Democrats Abroad), to: [email protected] no later than 2 pm (Chile Time) May 25, 2019. You must have been a registered DA member by May 11, 2019 to email ballot.  

If you have any questions about this ballot or the election, please contact us at: [email protected]

Mark Your Calendar!

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Democrats Abroad Chile

When: May 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Location:  Holanda 129, Providencia

(Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/kdPQ3iqiGf6QBtqq8)

 

Thank you,

David Galvin
Chairman
Nominations & Elections Committee
Democrats Abroad Chile


DA Chile ExCom Officers - Nomination Window Closed

Dear Democrats Abroad Chile members:

The nomination window for Democrats Abroad Chile Executive Committee Officers is officially closed.

Thank you for your support and participation during this year’s nomination process for Democrats Abroad Chile Executive Committee Officers. We will be providing members with background briefs for each nominee via email and our Facebook page in the coming days.

What’s next?

On May 11, 2019, we will email to eligible members, post to our official DA Chile page, and place on our Facebook pagean announcement that will contain candidate statements, a downloadable ballot and Bylaws. 

 

Mark Your Calendar!

The 2019 Annual Meeting of Democrats Abroad Chile

When: May 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Location: Santiago Community Church, Holanda 129, Providencia

(Google Maps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/kdPQ3iqiGf6QBtqq8)

 


Official 30 Day Notice DA Chile Annual Meeting & Elections

 Official 30 Day Notice of DA Chile
Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

 Meeting date: May 25, 2019
2:30 PM, Holanda 129, Providencia

 The 2019 Annual Meeting of Democrats Abroad Chile will be held May 25, 2019 at the location and time noted above.  The agenda of the meeting is as follows:

  1. Approval of the accounts and the report of the Chairperson and the Treasurer for the preceding calendar year
  2. Election of Officers
  3. Approval of revisions to the DA Chile By-laws
  4. Other such business as may be properly brought before the Executive Committee

Election of Officers

Nominations Open: March 13, 2019

Nominations are now open for Democrats Abroad Chile Executive Committee Officers. If you are interested in serving or wish to nominate someone, please contact the Nominations Committee at [email protected], attention David Galvin, or see specific directions below.  Here are the positions and duties:

Article V: Officers
The Executive Committee of the organization shall be the following officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Counsel to the Committee. An effort shall be made to promote diversity among the elected officials.

Article VI: Chairperson
The Chairperson shall be the chief executive officer of the organization, shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, establishing the agenda of such meetings, and shall have responsibility for all activities approved by the organization. The Chairperson shall sit ex-officio on all committees and subcommittees of the organization including Standing Committees, with full voting privileges. The Chair may appoint and remove deputies, assistant officers, honorary Officers, committee leaders, having such duties as he/she shall designate, subject to ratification by the members of the Executive Committee at the next meeting of the Executive Committee.

Article VII: Vice-Chairperson
In the absence of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson shall call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. The Vice-Chairperson shall have such other duties as the Chairperson shall define.  NOTE: The Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson shall be of a different sex.  This is mandatory.

 Article VII: Secretary
The Secretary shall maintain a current list of members of the organization (containing the name, mail and e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers and U.S. voting district/State and such other information as the DPCA may from time to time require), minutes of all meetings, and all files and administrative records of the organization. The minutes books shall be open for inspection by members.

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Announcing Creation of Democrats Abroad Patagonia

Democrats Abroad Chile is excited to announce its first regional group, Democrats Abroad Patagonia.

 

Members will meet to discuss politics and policy, host voter registration drives, volunteer for Democratic candidates, engage with other progressive groups in the community, and––of course––have a good time with like-minded Americans!

 

Initial meetings will be held in the Puerto Varas/Puerto Montt area. The group hopes to expand to more areas in the South of Chile, and even cross the border to foster relationships with Democrats in Argentina.

 

In an area so rich with natural beauty, Democrats Abroad Patagonia also plans to be a strong voice for environmental issues within the global Democrats Abroad community.

 

Get involved! If you live or spend time in the south of Chile, please send an email to the DA Patagonia lead, Erin Becker: [email protected].

 

Additionally, if you know someone who lives in the south of Chile and may be interested, please share the news about this group.


Join DA Chile for the Global Presidential Primary on March 2

DA Chile is taking part in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in March and we invite all US citizens in Chile to cast their ballot and enjoy the company of like-minded expats! 

What is the Global Presidential Primary? 
The GPP allows you to vote one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates directly from Chile. Democrats Abroad International is allotted 22 delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate, meaning your vote most likely has greater weight in the GPP than in your home state's local primary! Remember that by voting in the GPP, you give Democratic expats - and our policy goals like repealing FATCA - a stronger voice within the DNC and on the domestic political stage. 

How do I vote in the GPP from Chile? 
There are three ways you can vote in the presidential primary from Chile: 
1. Join us on Wednesday, March 2, at Carlos Antunez 2150, Depto 905, Providencia (metro Pedro de Valdivia) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm to vote for your candidate in person, say hi, enjoy some light refreshments and receive your I voted sticker! Bike parking is available. 
2. If you can't make it to Providencia on March 2, download a remote ballot here and send it via snail mail to DA Chile Chair Brittany Brown at the above address by March 8.
3. If you'd prefer, you can also download a remote ballot here and send a scanned copy via email to [email protected]

Is it too late for my friend/child/coworker to vote with DA Chile? 
NO! Any American citizen living in Chile, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016. To become a member of Democrats Abroad Chile, just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and choose Chile as your country. 

What information is required on my GPP ballot? 
Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (Chile), address of residence in Chile, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid. 

What about the other primaries in my home state? 

The GPP is a PRESIDENTIAL primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. You will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state. Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 2


Join DA Chile for the Global Presidential Primary on March 2

DA Chile is taking part in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary in March and we invite all US citizens in Chile to cast their ballot and enjoy the company of like-minded expats! 

What is the Global Presidential Primary? 
The GPP allows you to vote one of the Democratic presidential primary candidates directly from Chile. Democrats Abroad International is allotted 22 delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention to nominate the next Democratic presidential candidate, meaning your vote most likely has greater weight in the GPP than in your home state's local primary! Remember that by voting in the GPP, you give Democratic expats - and our policy goals like repealing FATCA - a stronger voice within the DNC and on the domestic political stage. 

How do I vote in the GPP from Chile? 
There are three ways you can vote in the presidential primary from Chile: 
1. Join us on Wednesday, March 2, at Carlos Antunez 2150, Depto 905, Providencia (metro Pedro de Valdivia) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm to vote for your candidate in person, say hi, enjoy some light refreshments and receive your I voted sticker! Bike parking is available. 
2. If you can't make it to Providencia on March 2, download a remote ballot here and send it via snail mail to DA Chile Chair Brittany Brown at the above address. 
3. If you'd prefer, you can also download a remote ballot here and send a scanned copy via email to [email protected]

Is it too late for my friend/child/coworker to vote with DA Chile? 
NO! Any American citizen living in Chile, who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day 2016, and who is a member of Democrats Abroad is eligible to participate, on the condition of not having voted (or intending to vote) for a presidential candidate in any other state primary in 2016. To become a member of Democrats Abroad Chile, just visit www.democratsabroad.org/join and choose Chile as your country. 

What information is required on my GPP ballot? 
Your full legal name, date of birth, your country of residence (Chile), address of residence in Chile, voting address in the US (or at the very least, the state in which you vote), and if you are returning it by email, your email address. You must also sign and date your ballot for it to be valid. 

What about the other primaries in my home state? 

The GPP is a PRESIDENTIAL primary. If you vote for a presidential candidate in our Global Primary, then you cannot vote for a presidential candidate in your home state primary. However, you may vote for Senator, Congressional Representative, Governor, etc. in your home state primary. You will first need to contact your home state Democratic Party for the regulations for voter eligibility, remote participation, and the use of absentee ballots, and then request an absentee ballot from your home state. Each state is different, and each state party has their own set of rules governing their primary election. 

We look forward to seeing you on March 2