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
| Global GOTV Chair
Eileen Weinberg
| DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair
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    2021 Special and State-wide Elections

    2021 is considered an "off-year" for elections, but there are still major elections happening in:

    California, New Jersey, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida

    To register to vote and/or request your ballot for 2021, go to www.votefromabroad.org


    1. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR RECALL ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 14, 2021

    Special election to determine if Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom should be recalled. And, if he is recalled, who should be his successor.

    Who can vote: All overseas California voters who are registered to vote by the deadline

    Voters will be able to vote on two questions:

    (1) Should Governor Newsom be recalled? Yes or No

    2) In the event Gov Newsom is recalled, whom do you choose to succeed him as governor?
    You must choose from the list of candidates on the ballot and Governor Newsom is not an option.

    Important reminder to voters: Whether or not you vote to recall Governor Newsom, you should also vote for whomever you'd want to replace him in the event the recall is successful.


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Mail or Fax (Online submission available only with valid California state identification)

    • Postmarked by: Aug 30, 2021 - If sent by Mail

    • Received by: Aug 30, 2021 - If sent by Fax or submitted online (to use online registration you must have a Calif driver's license or ID)

    • Conditional Registration: Available from Aug 31 to Sep 14 for voters who appear in person in California


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be submitted by Email, Fax, or Mail (Online submission available only with valid California state identification)

    • Not Required: Every California voter who is registered by the deadline will receive a ballot

    *If you haven't voted in the last 4 general elections (that is, haven't voted since 2012), then you may not be considered a registered voter any more and you'll need to register to vote by the Aug 30 deadline.


    Deadline to Return Ballot: May be returned by Mail or Fax

    • Postmarked by Sept 14, 2021 AND Received by Sept 21, 2021 - if sent by Mail

    • Received by Sept 14, 2021, 8pm - if sent by Fax

     

    2. NEW JERSEY STATE ELECTIONS: GENERAL ELECTION - NOV 2, 2021
    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, State Senate, and State Assembly

    Who can vote: Overseas NJ voters who indicate that they "intend to return" to NJ

    *Overseas NJ voters who indicate their "intention to return is uncertain" or that they have "never resided" in the US are eligible to vote in federal elections only and will not receive a ballot for NJ state elections


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail

    • Received by Oct 3, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Mail

    • Received by Oct 12, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Email or Fax


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail or Fax
     *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 3, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Mail

    • Received by Oct 29, 2021 - If you request on your form that your ballot be sent to you by Email or Fax


    Deadline to Return Ballot: May be returned by Email, Fax, or Mail
     *If returned by Email or Fax, voter must also put original ballot in the mail at that time

    • Received by Nov 2, 2021, 8pm

     

    3. VIRGINIA STATE ELECTIONS: GENERAL ELECTION - NOV 2, 2021
    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and State House of Delegates

    Who can vote: Overseas VA voters who indicate that they "intend to return." Also, overseas VA voters who indicate their "intention to return is uncertain" if they provide the name of an employer for themselves, their spouse, or their parent (if a dependent).

    *Overseas VA voters who indicate their "intention to return is uncertain" and do not have an employer, or that they have "never resided" in the US are eligible to vote in federal elections only and will not receive a ballot for VA state elections


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail

    • Received by Oct 12, 2021, 5pm - For civilian (non-military) overseas voters

    • Received by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm - For military voters and their eligible family members


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail
     *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 22, 2021, 5pm


    Deadline to Return Ballot: Must be returned by Mail

    • Postmarked by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm AND Received by Nov 5, 2021, 12 Noon

     

    4. SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTIONS: OHIO CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS 11 and 15
    GENERAL ELECTIONS - NOV 2, 2021

    OH-11 Special election to replace Democrat Marcia Fudge, who resigned her seat to serve as Secretary of Housing & Urban Development

    OH-15 Special election to replace Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned his seat to become President of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce

    Who can vote: All overseas voters with a voting address in either Ohio's 11th or 15th Congressional Districts
    *To find your Congressional District, enter your voting address here: www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative


    Deadline to Register to Vote: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail

    • Received by Oct 4, 2021


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail
    *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 30, 2021, 12 Noon

    Deadline to Return Ballot: Must be returned by Mail
     *Ok to use private courier services, such as DHL or FedEx, but different deadline

    • Postmarked by Nov 1, 2021 AND Received by Nov 12, 2021 - If returned by regular mail

    • Postmarked by Nov 1, 2021 AND Received by Nov 2, 2021, 7:30pm - If returned by courier service

     

    5. SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION: FLORIDA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 20
    PRIMARY ELECTION - NOV 2, 2021  [GENERAL ELECTION - JANUARY 11, 2022]

    Special election to replace Democrat Alcee Hastings, who died on April 6, 2021

    Who can vote: All overseas voters with a voting address in Florida's 20th Congressional District
    *To find your Congressional District, enter your voting address here: www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative


    Deadline to Register to Vote: Must be sent in by Mail (Online submission available only with valid Florida state identification)

    • Postmarked by Oct 4, 2021 - If sent in by Mail

    • Received by Oct 4, 2021 - If submitted online (to use online registration you must have a FL driver's license or ID) 


    Deadline to Request a Ballot: May be sent in by Email, Fax, or Mail
    *Even if you are registered to vote, you MUST send in a form to request your ballot in 2021 to vote in this election

    • Received by Oct 23, 2021

    Deadline to Return Ballot: May be returned by Fax or Mail

    • Received by Nov 2, 2021, 7pm - If returned by Fax

    • Postmarked by Nov 2, 2021 AND Received by Nov 12, 2021 - If returned by Mail
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    Cure Your Ballot

    Make sure your ballot counts this year - track your ballot to check it has been accepted.

    You can still "cure" your ballot in states including Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and North Carolina.

    *Check your email, especially your spam folder and any secondary inboxes, for any notices from your county. Any questions? Get in touch in the comment bubble below or email [email protected]

    Arizona voters
    1. Check your ballot status: https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx
       [Website requires a Voter Identification number--check the email you received when you got your ballot]
    2. If there is a problem or if you can't access the website, contact your county immediately to find out how to "cure" it
        [find contact info here]
    3. Maricopa county ballot cure details
    Deadline to Cure:  5th business day after federal election = Nov 10, 2020

    Georgia voters
    1. Check your ballot status: https://georgia.ballottrax.net/voter/ or  https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
       [After you submit your information, go to "Click here for Absentee Ballot status" in lower left box]
    2. If there is a problem, contact your county immediately [find contact info here]
    3. You will need to send in a photo ID (US passport or military ID is ok) & Signature Cure affidavit confirming the ballot is yours
    (You can send in ID and affidavit by email or fax)
    Deadline to Cure:  3 days after election = Nov 6, 2020

    Nevada voters

    1. Check your ballot status: https://nevada.ballottrax.net/voter/ or  https://www.nvsos.gov/VoterSearch/ 
    2. If there is a problem, contact your county clerk immediately (find contact info here)
    3. You will need to confirm your signature belongs to you. The process is set up on a county by county basis.
    Deadline to Cure:  7 days after federal election = Nov 12, 2020 at 5pm (Nevada time)

    North Carolina voters

    1. Check your ballot status: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/
    2. If there is a problem, contact your county clerk immediately (find contact info here)
    3. You will need to provide an Absentee Cure Certification if your signature is missing or in the wrong place (you can send in the Absentee Cure Certification by email or fax)
    Deadline to Cure:  7 days after federal election = Nov 12, 2020 at 5pm ET


    More details on ballot "curing" 

    Part of the process of counting absentee ballots is verifying that these have been submitted following the state election rules. If such a problem arises, the ballot may not be accepted and therefore not counted. Many states’ election laws provide for a process called ‘curing,’ which gives voters a chance to fix this problem so that their ballots can be counted.

    Ballot curing entails two steps:

    1. The Local Election Official identifies a problem including:

    A) A voter’s signature doesn’t match the one on file. This can happen if a voter signs their ballot materials with a mouse or trackpad, making the signature
    different from one written with a pen. If the signature on file is years or decades old, it may differ from the current signature.
    B) A voter’s signature is missing or in the wrong place on the ballot
    C) Witness information (where relevant) is incorrect or incomplete.

    2. The LEO contacts the voter and offers a way to fix or “cure” the problem. Typically, the LEO will give the voter an affidavit to sign and return with a form of identification like a copy of a passport or state driver’s license. By completing this process, the ballot can then be counted. (For a complete list of the verification process by state, click here. For a list of states that allow signature correction, click here.)

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    General Election Voting Survey

     >>> Share your voting experience <<<

    Your voter story can help Americans abroad protect our right to have our ballots counted.

    Democrats Abroad is preparing to go to court to fight for absentee ballots to be counted in the United States. Please share your voting experience in this short survey. We will also use this information to push for election reform in Congress and in state legislatures.

     

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