Haven’t received your official Ballot yet? Concerned your official ballot won’t get to you in time to meet the ballot return deadlines?
Overseas voters can VOTE NOW using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (“FWAB” or Back-up Ballot)!
STEP I. Did You Send in Your Ballot Request Form (the Federal Post Card Application) for 2018?
If you vote in AZ, CO, ME, MN, MS, MT, OR, SC, UT or WA, you can skip this step. On the FWAB, you can check the box to submit your Ballot Request at the same time. (Go to Step II).
All other voters: Verify with your Local Election Official (LEO) that they received your Ballot Request form for 2018 and have sent out your official ballot. You can find the contact information on the State Voting Guide: www.votefromabroad.org/states
- If your LEO has sent out your official ballot, but you are concerned you won’t receive it in time to meet the deadline to vote, send in a FWAB to preserve your vote. (Go to Step II). _You should also find out why you didn’t receive your official ballot in time, so you don’t have this problem next election. _
- If your LEO hasn’t received your ballot request form–or you haven’t sent it in yet–go to www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your form and send it to your LEO right away. Then go to Step II. The deadline for the Ballot Request form is earlier than the deadline to submit a FWAB, but most states will accept it by Email or Fax.
DoD Fax has a 48 hour wait time - please use another email to fax services.
Need help scanning? Watch this video on how to scan using your smartphone: Watch this video
Some states require that ballots must be returned by regular mail or fax. If you do not have access to a fax machine, you can use the DoD FAX SERVICE.
- What is the DoD Fax Service?
Does it matter what size paper I use?
Yes, create US letter-sized PDFs to ensure the ballot information all fits on the fax sheet print out.
- You will need to print and fill out this Voter Transmission Cover Sheet-In Bound From Voters. Voters should use this fax transmission cover sheet as a cover sheet when faxing or emailing election materials back to their local election office.
It's getting close to the election and I haven't received my blank ballot yet. What should I do?
If you successfully submitted a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), your state is required to send out your ballot 45 days before the election. For the November General Elections, ballots are typically sent out by the third week of September. (To verify your FPCA was received and approved, see FAQ #19 (“How Do I Check If I Am Registered To Vote And My Ballot Request Form Was Received So That I’ll Receive An Overseas Ballot?”)
If you’re concerned you may not receive your blank ballot in time to return it by the deadline for voted ballots, you can vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)–also known as the “back-up ballot”. For detailed instructions how to use a FWAB, please go here: www.votefromabroad.org/fwab
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Feeling anxious or alone and thinking about suicide are some of the signs that a Veteran may be in crisis. No matter what you are experiencing, there is support for getting your life back on track. A trained responder will answer your call, text, or chat and ask you a few questions. You can decide how much you want to share.
Veterans Crisis Line - Call If You Need Help
The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from VA. Many are Veterans themselves. They understand what Service members have been through and the challenges that members of the military and their loved ones face.
- In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118 *. In Europe, toll-free service may not be available through all carriers or in all countries.
- In Korea call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118
- In Afghanistan call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111
Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to reach Veterans Crisis Line may work in some areas, dependent on location and phone carrier.
Dialing the local US Embassy and request a transfer to the Veterans Crisis Line
Online: Through Veterans Chat, 24/7. Veterans may chat online with a Veterans Crisis Line Responder; or, if preferring to speak on the phone, he or she may provide a phone number to the Veterans Crisis Line Chat Responder and a Veterans Crisis Line Phone Responder will call him or her directly.
Text (838255) It may work in some overseas areas but depends on the carrier and location.
For more information here: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx
Primary season is almost at an end and there are 60 days until the midterm elections. There is even less time until the cutoff date for overseas voters to request their ballots. If you have not registered to vote/requested your ballot, now is the time. Go to Votefromabroad.org and do it today!
If your state's primary has already occurred and you didn’t receive a ballot for that election, you probably not registered. There is still time to request a ballot for the general election in November. Every American can vote in this election so please request your ballot. Democrats Abroad are the margin of victory in lots of race. Every vote counts!
If you are already registered, it doesn't hurt to check your registration at https://iwillvote.com/. This election is extremely important, don’t be disenfranchised.
Do you need information on the candidates running in your state's elections? You can use Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup Tool. All you need is your voting address and you can find out who’s running in the various elections. There are links to the candidates' website’s, information on ballot measures and more. If your state has not had it’s primary elections yet, you can get information on primary candidates there too.
As activists, we know how crucial the November 6th Mid-term elections are for our futures. Every glance at the news brings new outrage and feelings of despair. We also know that the best way to combat that helpless feeling is to do something to fight back.
But what can we do now? Well, you don’t have to lead the whole parade to be an activist! The most valuable work we can do right now is to reach out to each other! Democrats Abroad is making an extra push to have our members personally call fellow members and remind them to register to vote.
Everyone who signs up to phone bank is automatically entered to win. The top 4 call makers in September will receive a prize. Sign up today, help us win in the midterm election. You will be talking to your fellow Democrats, so most people will be happy to talk you. Phone banking it the most efficient way to get people to request a ballot. It's not cold calls. It's calling like-minded people. Many of them will miss the deadlines because they forget. Calling our members is the best way to ensure they request their ballots and vote.
First Place Prize: 50 € Amazon Gift Card
Second Place Prize: One ticket to the 2018 Munich Oktoberfest
Third Place Prize: A bottle of Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Fourth Place Prize: A bottle of Gin Sul made in Hamburg
It is not too late, we still have hundreds of calls to make to reach all DA Germany members! You can choose from the “DA Germany Non-Berlin” or the “DA Germany-Berlin” campaign in the DA CallHub and talk directly to other DA members reminding them, not only to register to vote and request their ballot but to join the local chapter or precinct next meeting and events.
DA uses an online system that lets you make no-cost calls from your computer. There is even an on-screen script for you to use. Please click below for a step-by-step guide on how to get started. Even 5 quick calls from each of us will go a long way in powering the blue wave that will transform Washington in November! Give it a try! Sign up for phone banking.
Note: You will need Google Chrome to use Callhub. Download it here.
Thanks for helping!
Happy Democrats Abroad Day!
Mark your calendars and help us celebrate: The first annual Democrats Abroad Day will take place around the world this Saturday, September 8!
Democrats Abroad Day is an annual celebration to show off your Democrats Abroad pride, wherever you are.
If your local chapter is hosting an event, we hope you’ll join. But to celebrate with as many of you as possible, and to tell the world that we represent the 9 million Americans overseas who are engaged and VOTE, we’re asking you to join our virtual party, too.
Want to help make the blue wave happen? Here are four things you can do in your home:
- Remind your Democratic-leaning friends abroad and in America to vote in the midterm elections.
- Share the three memes in this post on your social networks. If you belong to any online groups, share the meme with them too. In this election, everyone counts.
- Ask your stateside Alma Mater to help study abroad students Vote From Abroad. It’s easy to do and you can find all the information you need to do it here.
- Sign up for Phone banking and do it. The best way to get people to vote is to call them and remind them to vote. It is not too late, we still have a few hundred calls to make to reach all DA Germany members! You can choose from the “DA Germany Non-Berlin” or the “DA Germany-Berlin” campaign in the DA CallHub and talk directly to other DA members reminding them, not only to register to vote and request their ballot but to join the local chapter or precinct next meeting and events.
To log in to your Callhub account, go to https://callhub.io and click on "login" in the upper right corner. When you get to the next screen, enter your Username (example: DE-Beverly-Seebach) and your password. Note: You must use Google Chrome to phone bank.
- If you don't remember your password, just click on "forgot" in the corner of the password box and we'll email instructions how to set up a new password.
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And please be sure to review the Updated Phone banking Training Materials for a full explanation of recent updates to the Phone banking system:
UPDATED GOTV Phone banking Introduction (June 2018). Please review all, but especially new slides 17, 18 and 21-25
There are 96 days until the midterm elections but there’s even less time until the cutoff date for overseas voters to request their ballots. If you have not registered to vote/requested your ballot, now is the time. Go to Votefromabroad.org and do it today! If you are already registered, it doesn't hurt to check your registration at https://iwillvote.com/. This election is extremely important, don’t get disenfranchised by Republican tricks. Also, if your state's primary has already occurred and you didn’t receive a ballot for that election, you might not be registered.
Need information on the candidates running in your state's elections? You can use Ballotpedia’s Sample Ballot Lookup Tool. All you need is your voting address and you can find out who’s running in the various elections. There are links to the candidates' website’s, information on ballot measures and more. If your state has not had it’s primary elections yet, you can get information on primary candidates there too.
Greetings from Münsterland. My name is Matt LeMieux and for the past three years I have been helping Democrats Abroad build a precinct in the Münster/Osnabrück area. We started small back in 2016 during the Global Primary and today we are an active, diverse and engaging group. Our mostly Münster centered group holds monthly meetings (“First Saturday at the Münster Wochenmarkt”), meets regularly to discuss books ranging from “How Democracies Die” to “Hillbilly Elegy,” and celebrates American holidays (our next event is a Labor Day Picnic). Our group is ever expanding and it is rare that our meetings do not feature a new face or two. So if you have not yet joined us for a gathering, please do. All are welcome!
Now a bit about me. I was born and raised in Michigan, studied law at Michigan State University and was the Executive Director for the ACLU affiliate offices in Nebraska (1995-99) and Missouri (1999-2004). I moved to Germany in 2004, and I currently work for the foreign law programs at University of Münster and University of Osnabrück where I give lectures on American law.
For more information about our chapter, please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected].