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VOTER ASSISTANCE - DROP-IN SUNDAYS

Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections this year? 

Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we'll help you find the answers.  

Starting July 26th, join us any Sunday till November from midnight to midnight Eastern time to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to overseas voting, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

If you can’t make it any Sunday, you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

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REQUEST YOUR BALLOT & VOTE 2020

U.S. CITIZENS: NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER?
We all know that this will be the most important election of our lifetimes. We MUST vote, no matter how difficult.
Democrats Abroad is here to help in any way we can.
If you have not yet registered and requested your ballot by e-mail, it is important that you do it now to ensure your right to vote, even in these difficult times.
There are several things you can do:
**Our new self-registration software is easy to use. Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the instructions. Anyone who will be 18 by November 3, 2020 can register and request their ballot be e-mailed.
**If you need assistance or someone to walk you through the process, let us know.
**A few States require an actual signature to be mailed. We can help with that.
**Or, if your signature needs to be scanned into the registration form and you don't have a printer or scanner, we can meet with you (by appointment) in a safe, masked, socially distant environment and take care of it for you.
Just contact us at info-ecuador@democratsabroad.org and our team members will be glad to assist you.
Voting has never been so important.
To make a donation, however small, to help with our Get Out the Vote efforts, go to

REQUEST YOUR BALLOT & VOTE 2020

U.S. CITIZENS: NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER?
We all know that this will be the most important election of our lifetimes. We MUST vote, no matter how difficult.
Democrats Abroad is here to help in any way we can.
If you have not yet registered and requested your ballot by e-mail, it is important that you do it now to ensure your right to vote, even in these difficult times.
There are several things you can do:
**Our new self-registration software is easy to use. Just go to www.votefromabroad.org and follow the instructions. Anyone who will be 18 by November 3, 2020 can register and request their ballot be e-mailed.
**If you need assistance or someone to walk you through the process, let us know.
**A few States require an actual signature to be mailed. We can help with that.
**Or, if your signature needs to be scanned into the registration form and you don't have a printer or scanner, we can meet with you (by appointment) in a safe, masked, socially distant environment and take care of it for you.
Just contact us at info-ecuador@democratsabroad.org and our team members will be glad to assist you.
Voting has never been so important.
To make a donation, however small, to help with our Get Out the Vote efforts, go to
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VOTING SERVICES RETURNED TO CONSULATES

Americans abroad can once again use their embassies to send ballots and voting material back to the US, thanks to Senator Tim Kaine and a Democrats Abroad webinar call.

On May 8th, Democrats Abroad was honored to speak with Senator Tim Kaine on a zoom call. During the course of the call, one of our members from Kazakhstan noted that they were no longer able to use their consulate to send in their ballot. We asked the Senator about this issue, and he immediately suggested that we should work on a remedy together. We got in touch immediately and are delighted to share the following message from Senator Kaine with all DA members worldwide:

We’re happy to report back that after some persistent engagement over the last few weeks, the State Department has agreed to revise its guidelines and will now provide voting assistance services during Phase I of its reopening plan. It is our understanding that most State facilities are shifting into Phase I within the week. 

Under State’s “Diplomacy Strong” reopening plan, Phase 0 (pandemic-driven skeleton staffing) permitted only life-or-death services and emergency repatriations. Phase I permits resumption of contact-free mission critical services and partial re-staffing. Voting assistance was previously categorized as a non-essential service for Phase II, which some locations may not move to for several weeks or even months.  However, as we pointed out, the ability to vote certainly meets the definition of mission critical in an election year, and the standard use of secure ballot collection boxes does not require any face-to-face contact.

State advised all embassies and consulates of this change on June 4. At our further recommendation, State also directed embassies and consulates to message out their current ballot acceptance policies to all U.S. citizens in their districts, and to continuously provide updates if their local policy changes.

There may still be some locations where voting assistance services will not be possible in the short term due to external issues (such as local movement restrictions limiting access to the embassy, or airport closures preventing international diplomatic pouch shipments). However, at minimum Americans at those locations will now know in advance if they need to make alternate arrangements.

Thank you again for flagging this for us, and please do keep us posted if you hear anything further from Democrats Abroad’s members.

Democrats Abroad would like to send a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Senator Kaine for his assistance on this important issue. The voting process is a sacred right for all American citizens, no matter which country they call home. Our members are grateful that our voices and concerns will be heard and that they will be addressed as befitting our status as citizens of the United States of America.


VOTING FROM ABROAD

Democrats Abroad Ecuador holds voter registration events Tuesday and Friday of the month. Come learn how to vote from abroad and meet fellow Democrats. We will discuss common questions such as:

           * What is the process to vote as a US citizen living abroad?

           * Can I vote in the primaries as an overseas voter?

           * I want to vote in the 2020 elections--What should I do now?

           * I'm already a registered voter and/or my state always sends my blank ballot. Why should I send in the FPCA form?

Our registration events are held in Cuenca at Café de Ñucallacta II, Av. 3 de Noviembr (Plaza Otorongo) from 12 PM to3 PM

http://www.google.com/maps/place/Otorongo,+Cuenca/@-2.8979764,-79.0132749,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x91cd180e867aec57:0xdf6e29e566c67b30!8m2!3d-2.8979818!4d-79.0110862?hl=en

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IS YOUR VOTE DEPENDENT ON THE POSTAL SERVICE?

Does your state accept elections materials using alternatives to postal mail, such as email, online upload, or fax? Or is postal mail mandated?

I. States restricting transmission to postal mail for

a. Voter Registration (FPCA)

  1. Alabama
  2. Florida
  3. Idaho
  4. Oregon
  5. South Dakota
  6. West Virginia
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Wyoming

b. Ballot Request (FPCA)

  1. Alabama
  2. Wyoming – if originally registered with FPCA

May submit FPCA by email or fax, but must mail form too:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Rhode Island

c. Voted Ballot Return 🗳

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. Georgia
  4. Idaho
  5. Illinois
  6. Iowa *email/fax only in "hostile zone"
  7. Kentucky
  8. Maryland
  9. Michigan
  10. Minnesota
  11. Missouri *email/fax only in "hostile zone"
  12. New Hampshire
  13. New York
  14. Ohio
  15. Pennsylvania
  16. South Dakota
  17. Tennessee
  18. Texas *fax only in "hostile zone"
  19. Vermont
  20. Virginia
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Wyoming

May return by email or fax, but must mail marked ballot too:

  1. New Jersey

II. States offering electronic options (email, online access, fax) to

a. Deliver Blank Ballot to Voter

Every state will send absentee ballot electronically to voters abroad if preference to receive voting materials by "Email or online" or "Fax" is indicated on Ballot Request form (FPCA).

b. Return Voted Ballot 🗳

  1. Alabama – return using online upload of ballot if choosing to received voting materials by "Email or online."
  2. Alaska – return by fax if choosing to received voting materials by "Email or online" or "Fax."
  3. Arizona
  4. California – return by fax
  5. Colorado – vote online at ballotreturn.sos.colorado.gov
  6. Delaware
  7. District of Columbia
  8. Florida – return by fax
  9. Hawaii
  10. Indiana
  11. Louisiana – return by fax with prior arrangement by LEO
  12. Kansas
  13. Maine
  14. Massachusetts
  15. Mississippi
  16. Montana – vote online at www.vote4montana.us
  17. Nebraska – return by email or fax with prior arrangement by LEO
  18. Nevada
  19. New Mexico
  20. North Carolina
  21. North Dakota
  22. Oklahoma – return by fax
  23. Oregon
  24. Rhode Island – check with your election official to return by email or fax
  25. South Carolina
  26. Utah
  27. Washington
  28. West Virginia
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UPDATED Ballot Drop-off Points!

 

Below is a list of dates and locations where you can safely drop-off your sealed ballot to be brought to the Embassy and delivered into the U.S. Mail. As always, if you have any questions, you can contact us at info-Ecuador@democratsabroad.org.

CUENCA:
When: October 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 & 12 from 11am-2pm
Where: Café de Nucallacta #2, Plaza Otorongo

QUITO:
When: September 29, October 6 & 13 from 9-11 am
Where: Mr. Bagel Coffee Shop, Portugal E10-95 y Seis de Diciembre

SALINAS:
When: October 8, 10 & 12 from 9am-12pm & October 9 & 11 from 2-5pm
Where: Edificio Saint Thomas, Malecón de Salinas, Apt #9-B

SAN CLEMENTE:
When: October 14 from 10am-12pm
Where: Sabor de Bamboo (aka Meier’s)

CRUCITA:
When: October 12 & 19 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: Motumbo’s

GUAYAQUIL:
When: October 9 from 11am-2pm & October 11 from 4-7pm.
Where: San Marino Mall at the El Español Café. Mall address: Francisco de Orellana Avenue y Avenue C L Plaza Dañín.

COTACACHI:
When: October 9 & 11 from 9:30-11:00am
Where: Eddie’s Café (aka Intag Café), Plaza San Francisco

LOJA:
When: October 8, 9, 10, 11 from 4-6 pm.
Where: Zarza Brewing Co., Calles Puerto Bolivar y Esmeraldas

 

 


WELCOME TO DEMOCRATS ABROAD ECUADOR!

DA EC is the official country committee for US Democrats living in Ecuador. Watch this space for upcoming announcements of meetings and events - we have events planned throughout the year, and encourage anyone interested in participating to get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to help with Democrats Abroad in Ecuador please contact us at info-Ecuador@democratsabroad.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook!

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