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 Co-Chair/ DA Canada DPCA Voting Representative
Eileen Weinberg
| DA Switzerland / Global GOTV Co-Chair
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  • News

    Volunteer Opportunities - How to Support the Senate Runoff in Georgia

    Interested in helping Democrats Jon Ossoff and Rev Raphael Warnock win election to the US Senate--and help Democrats gain control of the Senate?

    Click on this link for Volunteer Opportunities

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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 gotv@democratsabroad.org.

    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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    Vote from Abroad: Voter registration training

     

    Help Get Out The Vote (GOTV) in 2020

    Are you an American living abroad and want to help register voters that live abroad?
    Drop in for one of our voter trainings and learn how easy it is help get out the vote wherever you are around the world!
    Event length will vary based on factors but average session 1-2 hrs

    Video Training for GA Senate Run-off election. Questions? Email: Comms@votefromabroad.org

    https://youtu.be/XnVNaWrPOLc

    For Generic Voter Registration training see below:

    You can also watch this handy training video (just hit play) to get the basics of voter registration using votefromabroad.orgOnce you have taken a training take this certification quiz. Once you've done that you'll hear from us!

     

    Should you have training questions email: Comms@votefromabroad.org

    Here is a handy website to convert the time zone to yours wherever you are in the world.

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, December 06, 2020 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Georgia Abroad Voter Assistance: December 6th

    Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections? 

    Was the last place you or your parent lived in the US the state of Georgia?

    If you are 18 on or before January 5th you are allowed to vote in the runoff election. 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we can help you find the answers. 

    But we get it. Sometimes you just want to speak to live person. 

    Join us any Tuesday (noon-4pm), Thursday (6am-4pm), Saturday (6am-noon), & Sunday (12am-noon) 'till GA Senate Runoff election (all times are listed in U.S. Eastern timezone) to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

    How is it done on Zoom? You'll come into the main room and be paired 1:1 with a volunteer into a breakout room to ensure privacy and that you can get all your questions answered. It couldn't be easier. 

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to voting abroad, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make the 'office hours', you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    Here is a handy website to convert the time zone to yours wherever you are in the world.

    RSVP and get connection details and reminders.

    Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 06:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

    Georgia Abroad Voter Assistance: December 12th

    Did you know every eligible American living abroad can vote in U.S. elections? 

    Was the last place you or your parent lived in the US the state of Georgia?

    If you are 18 on or before January 5th you are allowed to vote in the runoff election. 

    Do you have questions about how to vote? Click the chat bubble at the bottom of this screen and we can help you find the answers. 

    But we get it. Sometimes you just want to speak to live person. 

    Join us any Tuesday (noon-4pm), Thursday (6am-4pm), Saturday (6am-noon), & Sunday (12am-noon) 'till GA Senate Runoff election (all times are listed in U.S. Eastern timezone) to talk to a volunteer LIVE on Zoom about questions you have about voting from abroad.

    How is it done on Zoom? You'll come into the main room and be paired 1:1 with a volunteer into a breakout room to ensure privacy and that you can get all your questions answered. It couldn't be easier. 

    More information: The easiest way to request your ballot is at VoteFromAbroad.org. It takes just a few minutes to complete and send in your form to the US state where you last lived. The website will guide you step by step. In most cases it’s pretty simple. But if you’re new to voting abroad, or if you haven’t done it in a while, you may have additional questions. That’s why we’ll be here every Sunday until election day to help.

    If you can’t make the 'office hours', you can always email us at helpdesk@votefromabroad.org or send in your question through our online help bubble, and a volunteer will get back to you.

    Here is a handy website to convert the time zone to yours wherever you are in the world.

    RSVP and get connection details and reminders.