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Vote From China

How To Vote From China

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U.S. citizens have the right to vote in primary and general elections, wherever they reside!

 

If you're a U.S. citizen, dual-national, or will be 18 on November 8, 2022, you have the right to vote from abroad in US elections — including in the November 2022 midterms!

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., how long you’ve lived outside the U.S., or if you've never resided in the U.S. at all. You have the right to vote!

The U.S. State Department recommends, “all U.S. citizens living abroad complete and submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) annually, to ensure you remain on your state’s voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information.” Vote From Abroad provides all the information, forms, and support help in one place to make voting easy! Please note that there is no in-person voting, all voters in China must register and submit an overseas absentee ballot.

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States requiring ballot return via postal mail:

 

 Arkansas  Connecticut  Georgia  Idaho Illinois Iowa Kentucky Maryland Michigan Minnesota Missouri New Hampshire  New Jersey  New York Ohio  Pennsylvania South Dakota Tennessee Texas Vermont Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

 

Visit www.votefromabroad.org/states for specific information by state

Don't wait, return your ballot immediately! 

 

HOW TO EXPRESS SHIP YOUR BALLOT USING SF EXPRESS:

      1. Find the SF Express Mini Program on Wechat
      2. Select the third option at the top for International Shipping
      3. Select "Send Express"
      4. Fill out your address information and your Local Election Official's address information
      5. Schedule the pickup within an hour!
      6. Be sure the date/time are stamped on the outside envelope.

 

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KEY POINTS FOR VOTING

  • Request your overseas ballot now!  www.votefromabroad.org 
  • Ask on the request form (FPCA) that your ballot be sent to you by email
  • Submit your request form by email, if your state allows  
  • Return your voted ballot electronically (email, upload or fax), if your state allows 
  • If your state requires you to mail back your ballot:
    • Request your ballot NOW, so you’ll receive it on September 24 when counties start sending overseas ballots out (45 days before the election)
    • Download and vote your ballot as soon as you receive it
    • Use the diplomatic pouch before OCTOBER 1st, or use a courier service to sent it back

Track your request form and your ballot

What's covered on this page: 

1. Registering to vote and requesting your ballot

2. Confirming your request has been accepted

3. Receiving your ballot

4. Oct 1 and the ballot hasn’t arrived?

5. Voting your ballot

6. Returning your ballot

7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes

8. Confirming your ballot's arrival

9. What to do if you encounter difficulties

10. Getting your "I Voted from China" Stickers

 

1. Registering to vote and requesting your ballot for the 2022 midterm elections

The first step is to request your ballot, and if need be, register to vote from abroad. You should do this every election year to ensure you remain on your state’s overseas voter rolls and to ensure your local election office has your up-to-date contact information. It’s important to register as an absentee voter from abroad because the ballots of US citizens voting from abroad have special protections and are different from the standard absentee ballot. 

Go to votefromabroad.org to fill out your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) absentee ballot request — it is fully digital and fast! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Choose the option to receive ballots by email.

The second step is to submit the FPCA absentee ballot request form to your local election office in the United States. Most states allow you to submit your FPCA directly from votefromabroad.org without the need to print it out. But some states require that you submit your completed form by email attachment, fax, or postal mail. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.

If you have any questions while filling out your request form, go to the Vote from Abroad FAQ section or type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner of each screen). Or you can email us at [email protected]

 


Watch a video on how to use votefromabroad.org.




2. Confirming your request has been accepted  ✅

After submitting your FPCA absentee ballot request form, call or email your Local Election Official (LEO) to confirm they have received it and will be sending your ballot. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you fill out your FPCA form at Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here

Most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to “Where Is My Ballot?"

 

3. Receiving your ballot 📬

Your overseas absentee ballot is not your standard absentee ballot back home! Thanks to the MOVE Act, all states must send FPCA-requested  absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election — this year that’s September 24, 2022

And, if requested, all states must send overseas voters their ballot by email.

 

4. Your ballot hasn’t arrived? 📭

Check your spam folder. Still no ballot? Contact your local election official here and confirm they’ve sent your ballot to you. Visit votefromabroad.org if you are required to submit need a new FPCA absentee ballot request form.

Use a Back-up Ballot (FWAB) if your regular ballot hasn’t arrived. Download the FWAB HERE.

 

5. Completing your ballot 🗳️

Every race matters! It’s easier than ever to read up on candidates and ballot initiatives. There are some state ballots where party affiliation is not listed, such as in the case of school boards and judges. To determine who to vote for in 2022, you can do the following: 

➡️ Be sure to vote in every election listed on your ballot ⬅️

 

6. There are lots of ways to return your ballot! 

📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

Ballot return methods – by email, online, postal mail, fax – vary by state. Always return your ballot as quickly as possible, but especially if your state only allows postal mail return. Find your state's exact ballot return methods here.

If your state allows email, online upload or fax  for ballot return, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay! Here is more information on fax submission.

If your state requires postal mail return, see info below on options from China.

New Jersey: Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but requires that the ballot ALSO be sent by postal mail.

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


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


➡ Courier Service:

This is the best way to ensure your ballot arrives expediently and is counted. Please send your ballot as soon as possible, as even courier services can experience delays. You should – and some states require you – ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

➡ International Postal Service:  

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, one option is to use express international mail from China Post. Please remember mail service can be slow and send your ballot as soon as possible!

You should – and some states require you – to ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope. Find out your state’s requirements here

➡ The U.S. Embassy/Consulate diplomatic pouch:

The U.S. Consulate in China requests that ballots sent by the diplomatic post be dropped off no later than four weeks before the ballot due date. You will need to place your ballots in a U.S. postage paid return envelopes (usually provided with your ballot) or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage. Download a free U.S. postage-paid return envelope template at FVAP.gov. This can be cut and pasted, or printed directly onto an envelope.

In China, the deadline to drop off ballots is October 1st. Consulates are closed on U.S. and Chinese holidays, meaning they are closed October 1st. Make a plan to submit your ballot to a consulate by September 30th. More information can be found here. 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.

📌 Remember! Only use a mail service if you cannot return your ballot electronically 📌

 

7. Checking twice to prevent mistakes 👀

When filling out and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot!

Regardless of how you send in your ballot, remember that you – the voter – must be the one who places it “in the mail.” In some states, it is unlawful for any other person to handle your voted ballot, even if it is sealed. Unsure? Find out your state’s requirements here

 

8. Confirming your ballot's arrival at your local election office in the United States ✓✓

Once you've sent 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! 

The easiest way to ensure your ballot has arrived is to go to "Track Your Ballot" on your state’s website. You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and contact them directly. They may be experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may need to be persistent to get through to someone.

 

9. Having trouble? Need help? 😕

We understand that the voting process to some states can be confusing — that's why we're here to help! Send us an email: [email protected], or contact [email protected].

 

10. Get your "I Voted from China" sticker

Find printable “I Voted from China” stickers here.

DACN has "I Voted" pins for sale, as well as free personalized, printable stickers. Please connect with us via social media, WeChat, or by emailing [email protected].

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 Midterms matter 

Change is possible.

Change is knocking on your door.

Change has come in the form of a ballot that your local election official mailed, e-mailed, or sent you via an online portal.

Vote in 2022 elections, so we may all enjoy a safer, more equitable tomorrow.

 

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❗️Notice of Election to fill AP DNC Representative Vacancy❗️

The following message was posted by the Asia Pacific Regional Vice Chair, Nicholas Gordon. It was posted on April 21, 2022, using Democrats Abroad's Mobilize platform.


This message serves as a 30-day notice for an Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting to be held on May 21 at 1:00am Eastern, i.e. a few hours before the start of day one of our Global Meeting. 

The purpose of this meeting will be for Asia-Pacific to elect a new member of the Democratic National Convention after the resignation of current DNC member Aaron Kruse. The winner of the election will serve the remainder of the term, which lasts until 2024.

The DNC member will be elected by members of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad based in Asia-Pacific—in other words, the Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Voting Representatives from Asia-Pacific Country Committees.

DNC members need to attend meetings of the DNC—the governing body of the Democratic Party—and build bridges between DA and other Party organizations. They join issue caucuses, attend committee meetings, and help make the needs of Democrats Abroad known within the organization. They will also communicate what happens at the DNC level to Democrats Abroad leaders and members. 

Candidates will be nominated from the floor and elected by DPCA voters in attendance. However, prospective candidates do not need to be DPCA voters to stand for election. 

Democrats Abroad’s DNC delegation must be gender balanced. Due to the self-proclaimed gender identity of the currently-serving DNC representatives, only DA members in Asia-Pacific who do not identify as female, i.e. male and nonbinary, are eligible to be elected.

As nominations will be made from the floor, interested candidates do not need to share their interest before May 21. 

Democrats Abroad members interested in attending can RSVP here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/nickrigordon/asia-pacific_regional_meeting_-_special_election_for_dnc_member_from_asia-pacific. Asia Pacific Regional Deputy Amerika Grewal will assist me in ensuring that the region’s DPCA voters attend the regional meeting.

Democrats Abroad members interested in attending can RSVP here: http://www.democratsabroad.org/nickrigordon/asia-pacific_regional_meeting_-_special_election_for_dnc_member_from_asia-pacific. Asia Pacific Regional Deputy Amerika Grewal will assist me in ensuring that the region’s DPCA voters attend the regional meeting.

Further details on election rules, including exactly how someone will be nominated from the floor, the amount of time given to candidates for introductions and questions, and how the voting process will be carried out, will be shared in advance of the meeting on May 21.

 

Sincerely,

Nicholas Gordon


AP DNC Rep Election is to be held May 21, 2022, at 1PM China Standard Time

 

Democrats Abroad China would like to recognize and thank our own Aaron Kruse for his hard work as Asia Pacific's DNC Representative!


🇺🇸 Democrats Abroad China's AGM 2022 🇺🇸

Democrats Abroad China will conduct its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 26, 2022!

All DACN members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to receive the WebEx meeting access information. 

 

 

View the DA Global WebEx calendar here: https://democratsabroad.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/WebEx/pages/4895146687/WebEx+Meeting+Calendar 


⭐️ Secretary Announcement ⭐️

 

DACN is excited to announce Tricia Williams will serve as Secretary for the remainder of the 2021-2023 term.

The election took place at a Membership Meeting held on April 18, 2022.

All Leadership Board information can be found here.


★ Bylaws & Rules Committee Update 2022 ★

The DACN Bylaws and Rules Committee will reconvene to review previous proposals, as well as accept any new Bylaws and Rules proposals. If you would like to join the Bylaws and Rules Committee, please complete the Volunteer Interest Form. 

After the period of submission from March 15 to April 15, the Bylaws Committee will bring proposed amendments to be voted on by DACN membership at a meeting of the Board. Submissions can be sent to [email protected] or via https://forms.gle/ZZMdmd3gyPa1V5DW6

Please see the Legal & Parliamentary Library page for current Bylaws and updated information on proposed amendments.

Participating in the Bylaws and Rules process is open to all DACN members. The Bylaws Committee thanks you for your time. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send them to: [email protected]


👉 Be the Change in 2022!

 

BE THE CHANGE

DACN runs 100% on volunteer energy!

Americans just like you take tiny actions that have a HUGE impact.

DACN needs leaders and participants for every Caucus and Committee! Currently DACN has a handful on each team, but reaching tens of thousands of eligible American voters in China is a *huge* undertaking.

👉 No matter how much time you can offer, it will translate into votes. Simply message [email protected], or fill out a volunteer interest form. 👈

We can do it, you can help. Connect with us to discuss your interests and abilities. Tell us what you are looking to get out of the experience! Already set to sign up and do more? Go a step further by submitting a Confidentiality Agreement

 

Let's Get To Work!


★ Director of Communications Announcement ★

DACN is excited to announce Adam Bucky has joined the Leadership Board as a voting member!

Adam will serve as the Director of Communications for the remainder of the 2021-2023 term.

The Leadership Board held a special meeting and voted on February 2, 2022. All Leadership Board information can be found here.


★ At-Large Board Member Announcement ★

DACN is excited to announce Tricia Williams has joined the Leadership Board as a voting member!

Tricia will serve as a Member-At-Large for the remainder of the 2021-2023 term.

The Leadership Board held a special meeting and voted on February 2, 2022. All Leadership Board information can be found here.


Happy Holidays from DACN!

As we say goodbye to 2021, the DACN Leadership Board would like to thank you for voting and for acting on important advocacy issues.

Rolling into 2022, we are sounding the alarm. Basic rights, including the right to vote, are still under attack by the GOP. We ask that you please join us by registering to vote, sharing our messaging with other Americans, training to volunteer, and donating to DACN. 

 

Every action matters and increases the margin of victory.

 

 

Together we can!

 

 

In Solidarity, 

Eileen Walsh, Anders Hove, Terry Watkins, Brian Kloosterman, Jacob Aldaco, Adam Robbins, Lisa Movius, Adam Bucky, Elizabeth Blackbourn, Tricia Williams, Alex Vanderpol, and Ollie Prats Tipton