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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  • News

    2018 Elections: Registration and Ballot Updates

    Voter Registration/Ballot Request Deadlines Updates

    ❗️Virginia — Deadline to Register to Vote is Monday, October 15.
    FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as Received by 5 PM, October 30, 2018, but we have confirmed with state election officials that the deadline is Received by 5 PM EDT, October 15, 2018 — 22 days before the election. Virginia Department of Elections website: Military & Overseas
    Arizona — Deadline to Register to vote is Tuesday, November 6.
    FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as Received by 11:59 PM, October 9, 2018 and the ballot request deadline as Received by October 26, 2018, but we have confirmed with state election officials that the deadline is Received by 7 PM MST, November 6, 2018 — close of polls on Election Day: Arizona Secretary of State website: Military and Overseas Voters
    Overseas voters can register to vote and request a ballot using Arizona's online system.
    Overseas voters can return your ballot using Arizona's Secure Ballot Upload system. To upload a voted ballot, you must have first been authorized by the county to utilize the system. You can obtain authorization from the county by requesting an early ballot through this system or by contacting your county directly.
    Connecticut — Deadline to Register to vote is Monday, November 5.
    FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 30, but Connecticut accepts applications until November 5: Connecticut Secretary of State website: Military and Citizens Overseas Ballot Information
    Illinois — Voters can request a ballot until Saturday, October 27.
    The October 9, 2018 deadline listed on FVAP.gov is specific to (1) Overseas Citizens who are not registered to vote and requesting a full ballot (all elections for federal, state, local offices and ballot measures); however (2) Overseas Citizens who are registered to vote and requesting a full ballot and (3) Overseas Citizens who are not registered to vote and requesting a federal ballot only (U.S. House, other years would include races for U.S. Senate and the presidency) have until October 27 to apply.
    Mississippi — Deadline to Register to vote is Saturday, October 27.
    FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 8, but voters can registration by email, fax or online until October 27: Mississippi Secretary of State website: Military and Overseas Voter Information
    Nevada — Deadline to Register to vote is Tuesday, October 30
    FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 8, but voters can register until October 30 by FPCA or online
    South Carolina — Voter Registration deadline has been extended until Wednesday, October 17.
    If you send the form by Email or Fax, your form must be RECEIVED in South Carolina by October 17, 2018. If you send the form by Mail, it must be POSTMARKED by October 17, 2018.
    Washington — Deadline to Register to vote is Tuesday, November 6.
    FVAP.gov lists the registration deadline as October 8, but Washington allows registration through Election Day: Washington Secretary of State: Military and Overseas Voters

     

    Ballot Updates

    Ballots are available NOW for the November 6 Midterm Elections. Have you received your ballot?
    If you think you should be getting a ballot, but have not received it contact your election office immediately. Find your local election office contact information...
    Pennsylvania
    Pennsylvania continues to block overseas access to the state elections website.
    If you have problems downloading your ballot, please call the PA Help Desk at 1-866-472-7873 or email STSVCSURE_Helpdesk@pa.gov for immediate assistance. They will email your ballot but you must request it. PA VOTERS - IMPORTANT BALLOT INFORMATION - Problems with Download Link!

     

     

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    PA VOTERS - IMPORTANT BALLOT INFORMATION - Problems with Download Link!

    **2nd UPDATE - Oct 2, 2018**


    If you have having any problems downloading your ballot, PLEASE contact the PA SURE Help Desk IMMEDIATELY: 


    Call 1-866-472-7873 or email:
     
    STSVCSure_Helpdesk@pa.gov

    None of the links provided will work outside the U.S. The SURE Help Desk will send your ballot to you as a PDF attachment, but you must ask for it!

    And deadlines for returning your voted ballot still apply: You must return your voted ballot by Mail, it must be Postmarked by Monday, November 5th AND Received in Pennsylvania by Tuesday, November 13th. 

    All overseas voters who requested an electronic ballot should have received an email from the PA Dept of State on Oct 1 with the following information: 

    SUBJECT: Important Message from the PA Dept. of State About Your Absentee Ballot Request

    We are sending this email to make sure you were able to successfully download your absentee ballot and to remind you of the deadline to return your voted ballot. If you experience any issues downloading your absentee ballot, please contact our Help Desk at 1-866-472-7873 or by email at STSVCSure_Helpdesk@pa.gov

    Please remember that your voted absentee ballot must be received by your county election office no later than November 13, 2018, and you must sign the affirmation indicating that your voted ballot was mailed no later than 11:59 PM on the day before Election Day.

    If you have any questions or need any help, please contact us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org

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    (Friday, Sep 28) The links provided below are not working at this time. We're working to help resolve this issue and we should have more news by Monday. In the meantime:

    If you can't access your ballot, please email or call your Local Election Official in Pennsylvania and ask them to send your ballot as a PDF attachment in an email.

    You can find contact information for your election office here:
    https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/eod.htm?submission=true&stateId=42

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    Unable to download your Pennsylvania Ballot? Here's the fix!

    Contact the Pennsylvania Department of State's Help Desk at 1-866-472-7873 or STSVCSURE_Helpdesk@pa.gov and an employee will verify your identity and email you a ballot directly.

    If your ballot for the November 6th General Election was sent to you by Email/Online, we’ve learned that the link in the email is not secure and will not work outside the US. 

    This secure link will work for all users outside the US:  https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/ 

    Or you can use the public link:https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/Login.aspx

    If you have any questions or need help with voting, please email us at: gotv@democratsabroad.org

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    A Message to Florida Voters

    Florida Democrats are more engaged than ever. Democrats have won five special elections in a row, flipping seats in every corner of the state. This past August we had the highest primary turnout since 1978 and just last week we announced that our volunteers have contacted 8,000,000 voters this year!

    We are well on our way to flipping Florida blue -- and setting ourselves up to save our state and our country from the divisive rhetoric of Donald Trump and his biggest supporters Governor Rick Scott and Rep. Ron DeSantis. Re-electing Bill Nelson (Twitter, Facebook) will be key for Democrats to reclaim a majority in the Senate. We have the chance to make history in Florida, to elect the first African American to the Governor's mansion, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (Twitter, Facebook), the first woman to serve as Commissioner of Agriculture, Nikki Fried (Facebook), and take back our state with quality Democrats from the school board to the Senate, but YOU have to vote.

    Even if you've voted in the past, you have to sign up again to have your ballot sent to you. It's easy and all you have to do is visit votefromabroad.org fill out the form and send it in.

    Thank you!  With the past 4 statewide elections decided by an average of 80,000 votes -- YOUR vote could make all the difference. If you have any questions about voting please email the Voter Help Desk at gotv@democratsabroad.org.

    Terrie Rizzo
    Chairwoman, Florida Democratic Party

     

     

    Your deadlines are coming up:

    REGISTER to vote from abroad by Tuesday, October 9. The registration form will also request your ballot and must be sent by mail, postmarked by October 9. We recommend that you send your request form asap and request to have your ballot delivered to you by email.

     

    REQUEST to receive your overseas absentee ballot by email/online or fax by Tuesday, November 6. To request to receive your ballot by mail, your form must be received by Wednesday, October 31. Your request form may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email or fax and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

     

    RETURN your ballot to your local election office by Tuesday, November 6, 7 pm local time by fax or mail. Your ballot returned by fax1 must be received by Election Day. Your ballot returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Friday, November 16 to be counted.

     

    1 DoD Fax Service is for voters who need to send election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine. You can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program) will fax your election materials for you.

    All overseas voters may vote in elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races). Overseas voters who indicate they “intend to return” may also vote in Florida state elections.

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    A Message for Nebraska Voters

    Your vote this fall is critical to Democrats winning in Nebraska! We have a chance to win key elections and ballot campaigns this year but we need you to vote. We helped secure Medicaid Expansion on the ballot which will give health care to 90,000 Nebraskans. We know that we can succeed; in 2014 we raised the minimum wage thru the ballot. We have several statewide and local races in which you can make a difference, including Bob Krist for Governor and Spencer Danner for Secretary of State. Bob Krist is running against Trump’s best friend and billionaire, Pete Ricketts, whose attempts to buy the Legislature are a threat to government by the people.  In addition, Ricketts has illegally executed one inmate (the first Nebraska execution in 21 years) and is anxiously awaits the next execution. State Senator Bob Krist, a retired Air Force colonel, has served in the legislature for the last 10 years helping Nebraska families obtain health care and protecting those most vulnerable.We need Sen. Krist in the Governor’s Mansion! Spencer Danner will make sure that every registered voter can vote. Nebraska Republicans have put forward Voter I.D. laws for the last 8 years and have been beaten every year only because of Democratic leadership. Republicans are afraid because if people turn out to vote, they know they lose. For more information about these elections and to see all 850 Democrats running, check out nebraskademocrats.org.

    If you are not registered, please register NOW. If you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, please do so NOW to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal registration form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in Nebraska.

    On behalf of the Nebraska Democratic Party I thank you for your commitment to voting!

    Democratically yours,
    Jane Kleeb
    Chair, Nebraska Democratic Party

     

    Your deadlines are coming up. Don't forget:

    REGISTER to vote from abroad by Friday, October 19. Your registration form will also request your ballot and may be sent by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend registering by email or fax, and requesting that your ballot be delivered to you by email.

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    REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot by Friday, October 26, 6 pm local time. You may send your request form by email, fax or postal mail. We recommend sending your request form by email, and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

     

    RETURN your ballot by Tuesday, November 6, 8 pm local time by email*, fax* or mail.

    *Ballot return by email or fax requires prior approval. Please contact your election official.

     

    All overseas voters may vote in Nebraska state and local elections as well as elections for federal offices (US House and US Senate races).

    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, before you note that you intend to return on your form you may consider seeking advice on these matters from your tax professional.

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