You've gotten your ballot, and now it's time to send it back to the US. But how? Here's a short explainer.
Fax plus postal mail states (Alaska, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Oklahoma)
Fax machines are not prolific in the Czech Republic. Instead we recommend email to fax! Check out FVAP.gov's email to fax service (Voter Transmission Cover Sheet-In Bound From Voters). Read the instructions carefully, make sure your entire ballot is visible on the paper you are faxing, and don't forget your cover sheet when you email your ballot through firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's the cover sheet: https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/TransmissionCoversheet.pdf
If you'd rather use a business solution, check out services like efax.com or google "email to fax solutions" for more options.
Postal mail only states (Alabama*, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey**, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin)
Postal returns are slow this year, so if you're planning to send your ballot by Česká pošta, get started now! If you're looking for other solutions you can also:
Send your ballot via courier (FedEx, DHL, etc).
Call your local election office to check out the best address, and then check out courier solutions. The cheapest we've found so far is DHL's Service Point. If you go by a DHL service point and use an Obal Express Easy 1 - obalka, it costs 1130 CZK to courier your ballot back to any point in the US. Pick up services are more expensive. There are many other courier solutions available as well, this is not a recommendation or advertisement.
Note: do you know a cheaper courier solution for shipping to the US? Let us know!
Email/online states (Alabama*, Arizona*, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska*, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Washington State, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wyoming
Follow the instructions on your ballot material and ask us if you have questions! Also, don't be tempted to delay. State election offices are handling massive quantities of absentee ballots this year and the sooner voters from abroad send ours in the better.
*Alabama, Arizona, and Nebraska voters should ask their local election offices about voting online.
** If you email your ballot to New Jersey, you must also postal mail it back in.
US embassy diplomatic pouch
The deadline (October 2) has passed for sending your ballot back through the US Embassy in Prague's diplomatic pouch.
The 2019 Democrats Abroad Czech Republic Annual General Meeting, which will include elections to the Executive Committee, will be held on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 7:00 PM. The location and further details will be announced at least one month prior to the meeting.
All positions (detailed below) are up for election at this meeting. As per our by-laws, no officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same position. All positions and their current office-holders are listed below with those that are term-limited indicated.
Chair Geoff Klimko
Vice Chair Julia Bryan
Secretary Sue Legro
Treasurer Marshall Johnson
Counsel Mike Gisondi
At-large 1 Krysti Brice
At-large 2 Kim Strozewski
Creag Hayes has been appointed as chair of the DACZ Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) for our 2019 elections by the DA Czech Republic Executive Committee.
Nominations for an office shall be made in writing sent to the NEC. A member may nominate themselves. The NEC may also make nominations directly. Nominations should be sent to the NEC by notifying the Committee via email at email@example.com by no later than February 23, 2019.
A statement supporting the nomination may also be included. It should be no longer than one page. The NEC will issue the nominating report no later than February 26, 2019. The nominating report will include nominations, nominee statements (if any), and full proxy voting guidelines. Elections will be conducted by vote of those present at the AGM.
A tentative agenda for the AGM is listed here:
- Call to order
- Approval of minutes from last meeting
- Report of the Chair
- Report of the Treasurer
- Executive Committee Elections
- Old Business
- New business
We encourage anyone interested in running for a position to read the position descriptions for each office. Please let us know if you have any questions about the positions and what the work and the time commitment entails.
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