Sweden

Democrats Abroad Sweden holds rallies to unite against hate in Stockholm, Sweden on Aug 26th, 2017

 

How to Vote from Sweden

If you are a U.S. citizen (including dual-national) living 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.

Amerikanska medborgare (inklusive de med dubbelt medborgarskap) har rösträtt i allmänna val oavsett var i världen man bor. Om du är 18 år eller fyller 18 senast den 8e november har du rätt att rösta i det kommande valet. Om du behöver stöd på svenska kan du vänligen kontakta oss på [email protected]

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:

  1. How to register to vote and request your ballot
  2. How to confirm your request has been accepted
  3. How and when should you receive your ballot
  4. Vote your ballot
  5. How to return your ballot
  6. Confirm your ballot's arrival
  7. What to do if you encounter difficulties
  8. Get your "I Voted from Sweden" Stickers for social media

Please note that there is NO IN-PERSON VOTING in Sweden for the November election!

 

1. Register to vote and request your ballot for the 2022 midterm elections📝

Visit https://www.votefromabroad.org/ to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the continuing uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), ask for your ballot to be delivered by 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 www.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, vote and return your ballot as soon as possible. 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 or type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner). Or you can email [email protected]

 

2. Confirm your ballot 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.

If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the best option at this point is to take your ballot to a post office. If you mail your ballot “rekommenderat,” you can trace its path from the time it’s sent until it’s received. If you use a courier service, make sure that you ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope.

We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You may 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 Sweden can drop their ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm (Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31), Monday-Friday (except holidays) 10:00-15:00. Be sure to place your voting materials in an envelope using enough U.S. stamps and address it to the relevant local election officials.  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, and there is no way to trace the ballot. Therefore, we do not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 5th.

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's 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].

 

8. "I Voted from Sweden" Stickers

Tell your friends on social media that you voted with an "I Voted from Sweden" sticker free of charge. Request yours here today: Download a digital sticker.


Our contact information:

DA Sweden officers & DA Voting Representatives: [email protected] 
Cassandra Engeman, DASE Chair:  Click Here
Kelvin Acheampong, DASE Vice Chair: Click Here

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DA Sweden Leadership:

Cassandra Engeman
| DA Sweden Chair
Kelvin Bortey Ekenkrantz
| DA Sweden Vice Chair
Kimberly Kane
| DA Sweden Secretary
Sheri Eklund
| DA Sweden Treasurer
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  • News

    Democrats Abroad Sweden - 2023 Annual General Meeting

    We will be having our annual general meeting on Sunday, March 26, 2023 from 1:30pm-4:30pm online (WebEx) and in Stockholm. Please RSVP for the link and location.

    We have had a banner year! Last November, we helped Democrats hold the Senate and held back an expected "red wave." At this year's annual general meeting, we will make plans to enliven our local chapters and find new ways to engage members. Please join us to be part of these plans -- and get to know your fellow Democrats abroad!

    Below is the day's schedule and the agenda for the annual general meeting. Please note that we will be electing all positions on our country's Executive Committee. These positions will be noticed separately by our nominations and elections committee, which will also distribute and collect ballots electronically for the election.

    Schedule

    13:30-14:00     Welcome and introductions
    14:00-15:00     Annual General Meeting (see agenda below)
    15:00-15:15     Break/fika
    15:15-16:15     Chapter Break-outs: Planning locally for impact overseas
    16:15-16:30     Wrap-up and ending

    Annual General Meeting (AGM) Agenda

    1. Call to order
    2. Prepare and approve the voting list (roll-call) and quorum determination
    3. Approval of the agenda
    4. Elect two persons to attest the minutes
    5. Determination that the meeting has been duly called
    6. Reading and approval of the 2022 AGM minutes
    7. Chair's report (incl. Chapter reports)
    8. Treasurer's report
    9. Auditor's report
    10. Approval of the accounts and discharge Executive Committee from liability vote
    11. Nomination and approval of auditor for 2023 finances
    12. Announcement of election results for Sweden's Executive Committee positions
    13. Closing remarks and end-of-meeting

    read more

    Voting from Sweden - 2022 Mid-terms

    If you are a U.S. citizen (including dual-national) living 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.

    Amerikanska medborgare (inklusive de med dubbelt medborgarskap) har rösträtt i allmänna val oavsett var i världen man bor. Om du är 18 år eller fyller 18 senast den 8e november har du rätt att rösta i det kommande valet. Om du behöver stöd på svenska kan du vänligen kontakta oss på [email protected]

    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:

    1. How to register to vote and request your ballot
    2. How to confirm your request has been accepted
    3. How and when should you receive your ballot
    4. Vote your ballot
    5. How to return your ballot
    6. Confirm your ballot's arrival
    7. What to do if you encounter difficulties
    8. Get your "I Voted from Sweden" Stickers for social media

    Please note that there is NO IN-PERSON VOTING in Sweden for the November election!

     

    1. Register to vote and request your ballot for the 2022 midterm elections📝

    Visit https://www.votefromabroad.org/ to fill out your FPCA absentee ballot request — it takes 5-10 minutes! If you're not registered to vote, the FPCA also serves as a voter registration form. Given the continuing uncertainty surrounding the United States Postal Service (USPS), ask for your ballot to be delivered by 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 www.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, vote and return your ballot as soon as possible. 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 or type your question in the website's chatbox (red circle in the bottom right-hand corner). Or you can email [email protected]

     

    2. Confirm your ballot 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.

    If your state requires postal mail ballot return, the best option at this point is to take your ballot to a post office. If you mail your ballot “rekommenderat,” you can trace its path from the time it’s sent until it’s received. If you use a courier service, make sure that you ask for a postmark or date stamp to be placed on the outer envelope.

    We do not recommend booking or paying online with any courier service. You may 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 Sweden can drop their ballots at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm (Dag Hammarskjölds Väg 31), Monday-Friday (except holidays) 10:00-15:00. Be sure to place your voting materials in an envelope using enough U.S. stamps and address it to the relevant local election officials.  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, and there is no way to trace the ballot. Therefore, we do not recommend using the diplomatic pouch after October 5th.

    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's 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].

    Or, a one-on-one live voter help is just a Zoom away! Click in to ZoomTheVote, hosted and staffed by experienced VoteFromAbroad voter helpers, from anywhere in the world. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon-4pm EDT and Sundays from 11am-3pm EDT. Link to join is here: https://qrco.de/bbh0zg Please share widely!

     

     

     

    8. "I Voted from Sweden" Stickers

    Tell your friends on social media that you voted with an "I Voted from Sweden" sticker free of charge. Request yours here today: Download a digital sticker.

    read more
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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 01:30 PM Stockholm Time · 1 rsvp

    2023 Democrats Abroad Sweden Annual General Meeting

    Sweden will have its (hybrid) annual general meeting on Sunday, March 26, 2023 from 1:30pm-4:30pm on WebEx and in-person in Stockholm

    Please RSVP for the link and location! When you RSVP, you will also be redirected to a Google form where you can tell us whether you will join us in-person or online.

    Last November, we helped Democrats keep the Senate and held back a "red wave." Big thanks to all of our volunteers for getting out the vote and to our members for casting their ballots from overseas!!

    We have a lot of work to do ahead of the presidential elections in 2024. At our annual general meeting, we'll lay some groundwork and make plans to grow our vibrant an active country committee. If you are new to Democrats Abroad or want to get more involved, this is the perfect opportunity to learn about our organization, what we do, and plan for the future!

    For the day's schedule and meeting agenda, visit our news page.

    In the days leading up to the meeting, we will be electing Sweden's Executive Committee. Click here to read more.

    Attending in person? Join us for lunch! Doors open at noon, and lunch starts at 12:30pm.

    Please consider donating to help offset the costs for our venue, lunch, and refreshments. Or become a sustaining member -- Monthly donations help us plan future events.