DA San Miguel de Allende Leadership:
If you're a U.S. citizen or dual-national abroad, you have the right to vote from abroad in the 2022 midterm elections and every election. If you are or will be 18 on November 8, 2022, you can vote in the upcoming elections.
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. or how long you have lived outside the U.S. (including if you've never resided there).
Below you'll find an overview of the entire process of voting from abroad, including:
- how to register to vote and request your ballot
- how to confirm your request has been accepted
- how and when should you receive your ballot
- vote your ballot
- how to return your ballot
- confirm your ballot's arrival
- what to do if you encounter difficulties
- get your "I Voted from Germany" stickers
Please note that there is NO IN-PERSON VOTING in Mexico for the November election!
1.) Register to vote and request your ballot 📝
Visit www.votefromabroad.org to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it only takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), we strongly encourage you to request that your absentee ballot be sent via email.
Once you've filled out the form on www.votefromabroad.org, you must submit it 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 out the form. But some states do require that you print out your completed form to submit by email attachment, by fax, or by mail. If your state requires that you submit your FPCA by postal mail, please use expedited delivery with a courier. State deadlines and submission methods can be found here.
If you have any questions while filling out the form, you can also always refer to Vote from Abroad's FAQ section, type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner), or send an email to [email protected].
2.) Confirm your request has been accepted and that you will receive a ballot ☑️
You should always verify with your local election official (LEO) that you will be receiving a ballot. After you send in your FPCA request form, call or email your LEO to verify they received it and will be sending a blank ballot to you. Your LEO's contact information is listed in the instructions generated when you complete the FPCA on Vote from Abroad. You can also look up their contact info here. Alternatively, most states provide a website where you can verify your voter status, although these sites can sometimes be outdated. You can find it by searching for "[state] verify voter registration."
3.) Receive your ballot 📧
Under the MOVE Act, all states must send absentee ballots to overseas voters no later than 45 days before a federal election (this year: September 24, 2022).
But you don't need to wait for ballots to come out on September 24. If you must mail back your ballot, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot NOW. The Backup Ballot (the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot or FWAB) is specifically for overseas voters who are concerned they won't receive their official ballot in time to return it by the deadline. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.
When it's time for ballots to come and you don't see yours, check your spam folder -- ballots can hide in there! If you still don't see it, please contact your LEO and confirm they sent your ballot out. You can look up their contact info here. You may need to send in a new ballot request form, just go to www.votefromabroad.org.
If you don't have your ballot by October 1 and you must mail it back, we recommend you send in a Backup Ballot to make sure your vote gets to your state in time. All details about the Backup Ballot can be found here.
4.) Information about candidates, ballot initiatives, and judicial candidates 🗳️
It’s very important to vote your ballot completely. The simplest way is to vote for Democrats straight down the ballot. Some elected positions do not have a party affiliation directly associated with the party, like school boards, judges, and others. To determine who to vote for in those cases, you can do the following:
- Google your county's local Democratic Party
- League of Women Voters offers a personalized ballot service at https://www.vote411.org/ballot. You can learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you vote.
- Google: Ballotpedia "your state" elections 2022 - Example: Ballotpedia Florida elections 2022
- You can Google the candidate's name to find their campaign website and information about each person.
5.) Return your ballot 🗳️
Once you've received your ballot, fill it out and return it immediately. Ballot return methods vary by state (online, email, postal mail, fax). Especially if your state only allows postal mail return — which is the case in many swing states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin — you must return your ballot as quickly as possible.
Check your state's exact ballot return methods here.
If your state allows email or fax ballot returns, please use these options as they’re not subject to delay. Here is more information on fax submission.
New Jersey Voters: Please note that New Jersey allows for email or fax returns, but also requires that the ballot be sent by postal mail, too.
New York Voters: Here are instructions on How to fold the New York State General Election ballot.
Need help scanning? 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
If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the best option at this point is to book DHL Express.
We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You will not receive a postmark if you book or pay online.
Even with expedited courier services, ballots still take several days to get to the United States. You must send it as soon as possible! Do not wait. Too much is on the line!
Returning your ballot via diplomatic pouch: Voters in Mexico can drop their ballots off at the U.S. Embassy, or local Consulate. 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. Therefore, we do not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 2nd. More information on drop-off locations and times is available here. (link Mexican consulate page)
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.
And when filling out your ballot and packaging your ballot, don't forget to review the instructions carefully. Don't let human error spoil your ballot!
6.) Confirm your ballot arrival at your local election office in the United States
Once you've mailed 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! Nearly all states have online tracking services. To find your state's website, click here and scroll down to "Track Your Ballot". You can also look up your local election office's contact details here and try contacting them directly. They are experiencing an influx of calls, so you will likely need to remain persistent to get through to someone.
7.) Having trouble? Need help? 😕
We understand that the voting process from abroad can be confusing — that's why we're here to help.
Send an email to [email protected].
By Larry Barber, DA SMA Executive Board Member
We’re Democrats, yes, but in this unprecedented time for our country, we are also, nearly alone, the party of democracy. That’s why it’s important to vote and help other overseas Democrats vote. We’re activists. We’re Democrats Abroad.
Make no mistake: this mid-term is the first of two elections that will determine whether the United States of America is a country in which each citizen gets a vote or a country which has fallen into fascism and minority rule. Those are the stakes this November and in 2024. “A dagger at the throat of democracy,” said President Biden on the anniversary of the January 6 attempted coup.
Look at facts on the ground. Republicans in the US Senate just voted down the John Lewis Voting Rights bill. According to a Washington Post analysis, the GOP’s national push to enact hundreds of new election restrictions could constrain every available method of voting for tens of millions of Americans. This is potentially the most sweeping contraction of ballot access in the United States since the end of Reconstruction, when Southern states curtailed the voting rights of formerly enslaved Black men. In 43 states across the country, Republican lawmakers have proposed at least 250 laws that would limit mail, early in-person, and Election Day voting. The plan involves stricter ID requirements, limited voting hours, eliminating ballot drop-boxes, closing polling places in Democratic areas, or narrower eligibility to vote absentee. Republican state legislators, echoing Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him, are pushing hard to cheat their way to victory. Aside from the “former guy” not admitting his electoral defeat by President Biden, a number of GOP candidates around the country are also refusing to concede defeat in races where a winner has been declared or they’ll clearly lose. Again, as President Biden said on January 6, “You cannot love your country only when you win.”
There is more: Republican limits to early or absentee voting are the most common measures among this year’s batch of proposed restrictions, with such bills on the table in 33 states. Nearly 85 million voters used one of those methods to cast their ballots in those states last year — more than half of all Americans who voted in the Nov. 3 election.
Hyper-gerrymandered district maps are more distorted in 2022, more disjointed, and more gerrymandered than any since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. Both Florida and Georgia have proposed a special police agency to monitor elections (to protect against non-existent voter fraud). These troops will be used to intimidate and challenge Democratic voters.
The Republican party—at national, state, and local levels—is refusing to accept the fundamental agreements of representative government. There are fake electors—Republicans—who tried to bluff their way into a victory in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin. In this crisis for voting rights, Republican-led state legislatures have rewritten their laws since the 2020 election to suppress Democratic votes and hand election counting over to partisan Republicans.
And in a direct threat to Democrats Abroad, states like Texas are flagging mail-in ballots for rejection. Understand this: overseas votes can be the margin of victory in a close election. From 2016 to 2020 there was a 15% increase among all domestic US voters. For US citizens abroad, this increase was 40%. And overseas voters were the margin of victory for Biden in Arizona and Georgia.
As responsible citizens, we Dems Abroad must vote in every election. Remember that we each have to reregister every year. If you haven’t re-registered yet, do it right away. If you need help registering or voting, email us or stop by our office on the Ancha de San Antonio #10 on Saturdays between 11:00 am & 3:00 pm.
We are also looking members who want to do Phone Banking. You can help other DAs re-register to receive their ballots and you can help them fill out the ballots when they arrive. You can help them return their ballots so their vote is counted. This year, and in 2024, it is absolutely crucial that each US citizen abroad make their voice heard. Our voices have to be extra loud because the Republican party is trying to smother us, and our democracy with us.
“One of two major political parties in America has said that it is their policy to win elections by keeping American citizens from voting,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren. I say one party is fascist and one party is for representative government. This is the future for the United States unless every Democrat, at home or abroad, votes their conscience, and gets that vote counted.
YOU'RE INVITED to ...
... a Valentine's Day Happy Hour at Trina Cantina's. Hang out with fellow Dems & enjoy some munchies with great drinks.
February 14th @ 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm.
Trina Cantina is located at Stirling Dickinson #28 - free parking is available along both sides of the restaurant, and on Stirling Dickinson.
Come enjoy the company of wonderful, like-minded people. And always fun to share some Dem Love!
See you there & bring a friend!
Coming Together to Protect Democracy
You’re invited—in fact, every Democrats Abroad Mexico member is. :-)
EXTENDED! Buy your tickets by February 1, 2023—and save!
Mark your calendar now for our Annual General Meeting (AGM): March 17–19.
We made tremendous progress in 2022! But the fight goes on to Protect Democracy.
So let’s come together in magnificent Mexico City—and deliver even stronger results this year and in 2024!
Scroll to bottom of this page—and buy your AGM tickets now!
Speaker Preview: Former Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual, DA America's Katie Solon and Social Media Guru John Sinton.
Preview! What You´ll Experience
At our DAMX Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023, experience both
Inspiring & Practical solutions for this year and beyond—from a great mix of speakers covering:• Growing Membership in 2023: Paving the way for GOTV 2024• Working Smarter, Not Harder Volunteer Strategies• Bi-Nationals (Dual Citizens) & Youth Game Plans
PLUS: Fundraising, Event Planning, Communications and more.
When and Where Highlights
All our AGM 2023 events will be held at the Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa in the heart of Mexico City.
More hotel details below. Watch for the complete schedule later in January.
EXTENDED: Buy Your AGM Tickets by Feb. 1—and Save!
Scroll to bottom of this page—and buy your AGM tickets now.
Registration also includes a welcome reception drink and hors d'oeuvres; coffee service and lunch on Saturday.
The DA business meeting on Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 am is free to all members—but we appreciate attendees making a donation to help cover the costs of the venue.
AGM 2023 Purchaser rules: The purchaser of AGM tickets must by law be a U.S. CITIZEN. Democrats Abroad members and anyone interested in learning more about and joining Democrats Abroad Mexico are welcome to attend.
Watch for details to come about • Saturday, March 18 fundraiser & dinner. • Silent Auction
• Raffle Tickets (you can buy now—just scroll to bottom of this page)
Hotel Amenities + Costs
Enjoy AGM 2023 at the gorgeous Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa—on the spectacular Paseo de la Reforma in the heart of restaurants and shopping in Mexico City.
- Recognized for its service excellence, Marquis Reforma provides guests with fabulous views and access to a full range of amenities, including American breakfast, fitness center, Wi-Fi, 24/7 room service, open-air pool and more. L’Occitane amenities. Of course, complete spa services are also available.
- Rooms start at $165 usd plus taxes (special AGM rate) for king bed per night.
- You can cancel up to 48 hours before AGM 2023 at no charge.
- Rooms are limited, so we encourage you to reserve your rooms now or early on. The offer is good until March 15, 2023.
- Check-in 3:00 pm, Check-out 12:00 noon.
- The hotel will honor the same price for up to 2 nights both before and after AGM 2023 dates. Come and stay longer and enjoy Mexico City! They will also accommodate a third or fourth person in a double room at $40 USD plus 16% VAT & 3% lodging tax per night/per person. This price includes breakfast.
- Accessibility is very important to us. The hotel is fully equipped to welcome clients with impairments, including mobility, hearing, sight, learning disabilities, or any other hidden impairment. A ramp is available at the entrance. To arrange any assistance, contact Reservations at phone number below. Mention you are part of DAMX AGM for group rate.
To contact the hotel by phone: +52 (55) 5229-1200.
Fall in Love with Mexico City
Stay a few extra days! Mexico City (CDMX) is one of the liveliest and most important cities in the world. It connects contemporary life with ancient history back to the Aztecs! World-class art, culinary and cultural experiences await you. The murals at the Museo de Palacio de Bellas Artes. Plus Ballet Folklórico de México, the incredible Museo Nacional de Antropología and Chapultepec Castle and tons more.
And don’t miss the many open-air art and photography exhibitions and more on Paseo de la Reforma near the Marquis Reforma—including the world-famous Monumento a la Independencia.
If you subscribe to New York Times, see their 36 Hours series Mexico City recommendations HERE!
About the Monumento a la Independencia, our AGM 2023 symbol:
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Mexico City, it has become an
Inspiring focal point for both celebration and protest. Also called La Angel.
Note: The Business Meeting on Saturday morning is free to attend.
For many attendees, the meeting will wrap up Saturday evening.
However, on Sunday morning, there will be events for new and continuing DA Leaders. See you there!