Voting

Introduction
Overseas Americans – estimated at 9 million by the US State department – have had the right to vote in Federal elections since 1975 thanks to grassroots campaigning by citizens and organizations, particularly Democrats Abroad. Since that time, it's become clear that a theoretical right to vote does not necessarily translate into an effective reality. Each state has different procedures and deadlines, information distribution is difficult, and mail delivery times can be problematic.

Great strides have been made in recent years. More overseas Americans than ever before who wish to vote are able to do so. Congress passed important legislation both protecting and facilitating overseas citizens' ability to vote. Online registration tools like Vote From Abroad at www.votefromabroad.org have made it even easier to send a yearly request for ballot required by the law. 

DA Voting Leadership:

Heidi Burch
| DA Canada Executive Vice Chair/Global GOTV Co-Chair/DA Canada Victoria Chapter Member-at-Large
Eileen Weinberg
| DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair
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    2019 Special Elections

    Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District — Tuesday, May 21, 2019

    Representative Tom Marino (R) resigned from office on January 23, 2019, to take a job in the private sector.

    Concerns all overseas voters who vote in Beaver County as well as portions of Allegheny, Cambria, Lawrence, Somerset and Westmorland Counties. (MAP)

    Request your ballot right away!

    1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org to complete the *Ballot Request form (FPCA).
    2. Follow the Instructions to attach your signature online--or--print out and sign the completed form.
    3. Send the signed FPCA to your election official. You may EMAIL, FAX or MAIL your FPCA to your Local Election Official.

    We recommend that you request to receive your ballot by email/online or fax, for the fastest delivery. You can expect to receive your ballot 45 days before the election.

    If you have any questions while filling out the form, VoteFromAbroad.org has an online chat box (the orange square in the lower right corner of the screen).  

    After you send in your form, be sure to email or call your Local Election Official to verify they received it and will be sending a ballot to you. The applicable contact information is in the printed instructions from VoteFromAbroad.org included with your completed form. You can also look up the contact information for your Local Election Official here: www.votefromabroad.org/states

    *Note: When you fill in your Ballot Request form, be aware that selecting “I intend to return” rather than “my return is uncertain” may contribute towards establishing yourself as a tax resident in your voting state. Because the legal requirements to establish "residence" or "domicile" for tax purposes are determined by state law and the specific facts of your life, if you are thinking about indicating "intend to return" on your form, you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.
    [Not applicable to voters in AK, FL, NV, SD, TX, WA and WY]

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    2019 State Gubernatorial and Legislative Elections

    Five states — Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia — will hold General Elections in November 2019 for state executive offices, state legislative offices or both.

        State Election
    Tue May 21 Kentucky Primary
    Tue Jun 04 New Jersey Primary
    Tue Jun 11 Virginia Primary
    Tue Aug 06 Mississippi Primary
    Tue Aug 27 Mississippi Primary Runoff 
    (If needed, top two finishers for any office where no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Mississippi Primary Election)
    Tue Oct 12 Louisiana Primary
    (Any candidate who receives at least 50% of the vote in the Louisiana Primary Election wins office and does not go to the Louisiana General Election)
         
    Sat Sep 21 45 Days to Election: overseas absentee ballots for the General Election should be arriving
         
    Tue Nov 05 General Election - Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia
    Tue Nov 16 General Election - Louisiana 
    (If needed, top two finishers for any office where no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Louisiana Primary Election)

    Download 2019 State Gubernatorial and Legislative Elections list (Google Doc)

     

    What is on the Ballot in 2019?

    • Kentucky — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General and Secretary of State
      *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in KY state elections

    • Louisiana — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House
      *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in LA state elections

    • Mississippi — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House
    • *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in MS state elections

    • New Jersey — General Assembly
    • *Overseas voters who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in NJ state elections

    • Virginia — includes State Senate and State House
    • *Overseas voters who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in VA state elections.
      In addition, VA overseas voters who indicate their "return is uncertain" may vote in VA state elections if they provide the name of an overseas employer for either the voter or the voter's spouse or the voter's parent (if the voter is a dependent)

     

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    Federal review of ballot request and back-up ballot forms

    Drafts of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms are available for review and comment on the Federal Register until January 22 at regulations.gov.

    The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act -- also know as UOCAVA, the federal law that defines overseas voting -- requires that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) review and accept public comment every three years on the two federal forms: the FPCA used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and update contact information, and the FWAB  backup ballot if the voter doesn’t receive a requested ballot in time.

     

    View and comment on the draft FPCA form: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092

    View and comment on the draft FWAB form: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091

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    Georgia Secretary of State Dec 4 Runoff

    Georgia will hold a State Runoff Election on Tuesday, December 4 to elect the next state Secretary of State. Georgia holds runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the vote in an election. We all saw Republican Secretary of State Kemp carry out his outrageous tactics of voter suppression while serving his term as Georgia's chief election official, undermining democracy to narrowly eke out a win to be the next Governor over Stacey Adams. Vote for Democrat John Barrow     in the Runoff and ensure Georgia's future elections are fair and every vote is counted!

    Overseas voters can vote in the Runoff Election if you registered as "intend to return" and also requested a ballot for the General Election. You should have received a Statewide State Office Write-In Ballot (SWAB) with the absentee ballot for the General Election, or download the SWAB. Official ballots will be mailed to voters, but time is tight to mail your ballot back before the deadline, so vote now using the SWAB!

    Georgia Runoff for Georgia Secretary of State: Tuesday, December 4

    • Ballot Return: by mail only, postmarked by Tue, Dec 4 and received by Fri, Dec 7 to be counted

    Please share this information on to any Georgia voters you know. Voters flipped by electing Lucy McBath, and we can flip this office too. Democrats win when Democrats vote!

    Send any questions to gotv@democratsabroad.org. And complete our 2018 Voter Survey about voting in the 2018 midterms to help make it easier to #votefromabroad.

     

    SWAB Instructions for Georgia Overseas Voters

    from http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/ballot_selection

    1. Write in the candidate's first and last name. 
    2. To ensure secrecy, place your folded ballot into a plain envelope and seal.
    3. Print and complete the required oath (PDF) statement. Place the completed oath and the sealed envelope into another outer envelope and seal. Write the words “Official Absentee Ballot” on the outer envelope. Failure to sign and return the oath will cause your SWAB to be rejected.
    4. Return the SWAB by mail to your local county registrar. The SWAB will not be accepted if it is returned by fax or email. All ballots postmarked by the runoff date will be counted if received by the county office within three days of the runoff election.
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