Be Prepared For Your Ballot!

Time to make a plan! Do not delay!

Hundreds of U.S. Citizens in San Miguel should be receiving their ballots for the general election in their email in-boxes. If you haven’t yet requested your ballot, please go to https://www.votefromabroad.org to do so. 

Every Sunday, Democrats Abroad volunteers are available for personalized help on Zoom. CLICK HERE for more information.

VERIFY! VERIFY! VERIFY! Contact your local election official today to be sure they have processed your FPCA form and are planning to email you your ballot. Look up the contact info. at this website: https://www.votefromabroad.org/states

Voters need to have a plan this year to return their ballots.

When you receive your ballot by email, you will need to download it, print it, vote it and follow the instructions carefully to return it. For all states, you will need to have a plan to print your ballot. If you do not have a printer, reach out to your friends and/or neighbors to see if they can print your ballot for you or use a nearby papelaria where they can print it for you from your device or a flash drive. 

States that require ballots to be mailed - most urgent:

As of Aug. 29th, these states require ballots to be returned by postal mail:AR, CT, GA, ID, IL*, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WI.  

The consular office in San Miguel is NOT expected to be open to receive ballots. The US Embassy recommends either of two methods to return mailed ballots: 1. use a local mail forwarding service or  2. Use DHL to the US Embassy in Mexico City. The embassy requests the ballots arrive by October 2nd. If using local mail forwarding, your ballot should be in the mail by September 30th. Two envelopes are required for this option! Ask Us!

* Please check your instructions and local election official to see if you can return by fax or electronically!

We will be offering transport of ballots to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City by a Community Liaison Volunteer and Voting Assistance Officer of the Department of Defense on 2 dates. September 23rd and September 30th. Please bring your ballots between 12:00 - 3:00 to Ancha de San Antonio #19 on those dates.

States that allow electronic submission of ballots:

All voters that can return their ballot electronically should do so. These states have electronic options:  AL, AZ, CO, DE, DC, HI, IA, IN, KS, ME, MA, MO, MS, MT, NE (requires permission from local election official), NV, NJ (also send by mail), NM, NC, ND, OR (with special forms) RI, SC, UT, WA, WV, and WY.Please reach out to demsabroadsma@gmail.com for support and further explanation. 

States that allow faxing of ballots:

The above states and the following allow ballot return by fax: AK (if requested ballot to be emailed), CA, FL, LA, NM, and OK. We have partnered with Smart Space Hub, Salida a Celaya #34. All faxing and scanning of your ballot will be underwritten by SmartSpace. If this is an option for your state, you are strongly advised to utilize it. There is also a website, https://faxzero.com where you can fax these documents for free, or for a small fee on larger ballots.

Our headquarters are open at Ancha de San Antonio #19 for ballot assistance. We are currently open Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday (12:00 - 3:00 pm) for walk-in help. Please email demsabroadma@gmail.com. We have a printer available, and Federal Post Card Application forms for states that require they be mailed. All safety protocols are followed.

Voters should act with the utmost urgency when they receive their ballots. Do not delay. If you do not receive your ballot by September 22nd, contact your local election official and be prepared to utilize the Federal Emergency Write-in Ballot, contact demsabroadsma@gmail.com for assistance.  Be alert to news features from our local sites, Civil List, SMA FAQ, Discover SMA and Facebook for other options. 

Please, please reach out to us if you need any assistance! We are here to help you!