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
| Vote From Abroad Coordinator
Diego Rivas
| DPCA Representative, Germany; GOTV Coordinator EMEA
sarajean Rossitto
| Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan, former GOTV Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Region
Kathryn Solon
| DNC member; GOTV Coordinator Americas; DPCA Representative, Germany
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    2023 State Voting Information

    STATE VOTING INFORMATION FOR KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, VIRGINIA & WISCONSIN

    KENTUCKY STATE ELECTIONS: "Intend to return" and "Return uncertain" overseas voters may vote in Kentucky state elections

    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, and Secretary of State
    Deadline information: https://elect.ky.gov/Resources 2023 Election Calendar

    May 16, 2023: Primary (Closed - must be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Primary election)

    Registration deadline: April 17, 2023, 4pm
    Ballot request deadline: May 9, 2023, 5pm
    Ballot return deadline: Must be received in Kentucky by May 16, 2023 at 6pm (Mail only)


    November 7, 2023: General election

    Registration deadline: October 10, 2023, 4pm
    Ballot request deadline: October 31, 2023, 5pm
    Ballot return deadline: Must be received in Kentucky by November 7, 2023 at 6pm (Mail only)

     

    LOUISIANA STATE ELECTIONS: All overseas voters may vote in Louisiana state elections

    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate, and State House
    Deadline Information: www.sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting - Schedule of 2023 Elections (Revised Dec. 2022)

    October 14, 2023: Primary (Open - all candidates on ballot regardless of party, winner if greater than 50% of vote)

    Registration deadline: September 13, 2023
    Registration deadline: September 23, 2023 (GeauxVote Online Registration only)

    Ballot request deadline: October 13, 2023, 4:30pm
    Ballot return deadline: Received by October 14, 2023 at 8pm (Mail or Fax)


    November 18, 2023: General (only if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote in the primary)

    Registration deadline: October 18, 2023
    Registration deadline: October 28, 2023 (GeauxVote Online Registration only)

    Ballot request deadline: November 17, 2023, 4:30pm
    Ballot return deadline: Received by November 18, 2023 at 8pm (Mail or Fax)

    Louisiana elections have a "jungle primary with majority winner": All candidates appear on the same primary ballot, regardless of party affiliation. If any candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, they win outright. If no one wins more than 50% of the vote in the October 14 Primary, then the top 2 vote-getters advance to November 18 General.

     

    MISSISSIPPI STATE ELECTIONS: All overseas voters may vote in Mississippi state elections

    Offices on the ballot: Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate, and State House
    Deadline information: www.sos.ms.gov 2023 Elections Calendar PDF

    August 8, 2023: Primary (Open - not required to be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Primary election)

    Registration deadline: July 29, 2023
    Ballot request deadline: August 8, 2023
    Ballot return deadline: Received by August 8, 2023, 7pm (Email or Fax)
     - OR - Postmarked by August 8, 2023 AND received by August 15, 2023 (Mail)

    [August 29, 2023: Primary runoff, if needed]


    November 7, 2023: General election

    Registration deadline: October 28, 2023
    Ballot request deadline: November 7, 2023
    Ballot return deadline: Received by November 7, 2023, 7pm (Email or Fax)
     - OR - Postmarked by November 7, 2023 AND received by November 14, 2023 (Mail)

    [November 28, 2023: General runoff, if needed]

     

    NEW JERSEY STATE ELECTIONS: "Intend to return" and "Return uncertain" overseas voters may vote in New Jersey state elections  *New for 2023!

    Offices on the ballot:  State Senate and State House
    Deadline information: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-information-2023.shtml

    June 6, 2023: Primary (Closed - must be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Primary election)

    Registration deadline: May 7, 2023 - To receive ballot by mail
    Registration deadline: May 16, 2023 - To receive ballot electronically

    Ballot request deadline: May 7, 2023 - To receive ballot by mail
    Ballot request deadline: June 2, 2023 - To receive ballot electronically

    Ballot return deadline: Received by June 6, 2023, at 8pm (Sent by email or fax)
      - OR - Postmarked by June 6, 2023 AND Received by June 12, 2023 (Sent by mail)


    November 7, 2023: General election

    Registration deadline: October 8, 2023 - To receive ballot by mail
    Registration deadline: October 17, 2023 - To receive ballot electronically

    Ballot request deadline: October 8, 2023 - To receive ballot by mail
    Ballot request deadline: November 3, 2023 - To receive ballot electronically

    Ballot return deadline: Received by November 7, 2023, at 8pm (Sent by email or fax)
      - OR - Postmarked by November 7, 2023 AND Received by November 13, 2023 (Sent by mail)

     

    VIRGINIA SPECIAL FEDERAL ELECTION - Congressional District VA-4:
    All overseas voters who vote in Virginia Congressional District 4 may vote in this federal election. Democrat Jennifer McClellan is running in this Special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Representative Donald McEachin on November 28, 2022.

    Deadline Information: www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/candidate-list/upcoming-elections.html
    (VA Dept of Elections confirmed by email)

    General Election: February 21, 2023

    Registration deadline: February 14, 2023
    Ballot request deadline: February 14, 2023, 5pm
    Ballot return deadline: Must be postmarked by February 21, 2023 AND received in Virginia by February 24, 2023 at 12pm

     

    VIRGINIA STATE ELECTIONS: "Intend to return" and those "Return uncertain" overseas voters who provide the name of an employer may vote in Virginia state elections

    Offices on the ballot:  State Senate and State House
    Deadline Information: www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/calendars-schedules/2023 - Deadlines Calendar

    June 20, 2023: Primary (Open - not required to be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Primary election)

    Registration deadline: May 30, 2023 - Civilian overseas voters
    Registration deadline: June 9, 2023, 5pm - Military overseas votes

    Ballot request deadline: June 9, 2023, 5pm
    Ballot return deadline: Must be postmarked by June 20, 2023 AND received in Virginia by June 23, 2023 at 12pm


    November 7, 2023: General election

    Registration deadline: October 17, 2023 - Civilian overseas voters
    Registration deadline: October 27, 2023, 5pm - Military overseas voters

    Ballot request deadline: October 27, 2023, 5pm

    Ballot return deadline: Must be postmarked by November 7, 2023 AND received in Virginia by November 10, 2023 at 12pm

     

    WISCONSIN STATE ELECTION: Only "Intend to return" and military overseas voters may vote in Wisconsin state elections

    Office on the ballot:  State Supreme Court
    Deadline information: https://elections.wi.gov/resources 2022-2023 Calendar of Election Events PDF (and confirmed by WEC by phone)

    February 21, 2023: Primary (Non-partisan - not required to be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Primary election)

    January 31, 2023: Ballots start going out
    February 1, 2023: Registration deadline ("Intend to return" overseas voters only; military voters are not required to register to vote)

    February 16, 2023, 5pm: Ballot request deadline - "Intend to return" overseas voters
    February 17, 2023, 5pm: Ballot request deadline - Military family & Active duty military voters

    February 21, 2023, 8pm: Deadline for ballots to be received (Mail only)


    April 4, 2023
    : General election

    March 14, 2023: Ballots start going out
    March 15, 2023: Registration deadline ("Intend to return" overseas voter only; military voters are not required to register to vote)


    March 30, 2023, 5pm: Ballot request deadline - "Intend to return" overseas voters
    March 31, 2023, 5pm: Ballot request deadline - Military family & Active duty military voters

    April 4, 2023, 8pm: Deadline for ballots to be received (Mail only)

    This is our chance to flip the Wisconsin State Supreme Court to a liberal majority! The current court has a 4-3 conservative majority, but one of the conservatives, current Justice Patience Roggensack, is retiring.

    Four candidates are running for an open seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. While officially "non-partisan," Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz are running as liberal candidates while the other 2 are running as conservative candidates. The top 2 vote-getters will advance to the April 4 General election.

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    2022 State Voting Information Pages

    Click on the State Flag to find out more information about voting
    in the 2022 elections in your state:

    ALASKA

    ARIZONA

         


    COLORADO

    CONNECTICUT

    FLORIDA

         FLORIDA En Español

    ILLINOIS 

    INDIANA

         


    IOWA

     

    KANSAS

    MAINE

         

    MARYLAND


    MICHIGAN

    MINNESOTA

         

    MISSOURI

    NEBRASKA

    NEVADA

         

    NEW HAMPSHIRE

    NEW JERSEY

    NEW MEXICO

         

    NEW YORK

         


    OREGON


    RHODE ISLAND

         

    VERMONT

    VIRGINIA 

         

     

    WASHINGTON

    WISCONSIN

     
         

     

    State not listed? Find state-specific details on how to request, return, and track your ballot at www.votefromabroad.org/states

    NOTE: If you're a civilian abroad voting in AR, CT, GA, IA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, MO, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WY, you must return your ballot by mail or courier service.

    It’s too late to drop off your voted ballot at the U.S. embassy or consulate, and questionable timing if sending by postal mail, but don’t despair. Courier discounts are available to voters in the following countries:

    Austria-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Canada-Democrats Abroad members get 50% off ballot return with UPS
    Czech Republic-All voters get 20% off mail return with DHL with code US20
    Estonia-All voters get 28% off ballot return with DHL with promo code USA22
    Germany- All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Hungary-All voters get 30% off ballot return with DHL with code USA30 until October 31st
    Ireland-All voters get 20% off ballot return when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Israel-All voters get a 17% DHL discount when following instructions in this link
    Italy-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA20 at a physical DHL location
    Poland-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL with code USA10
    Lithuania-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA20
    Spain-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USA2022
    Turkey-All voters get 20% off ballot return with DHL with code USATURKEY20
    UK-All voters get 10% off ballot return with DHL when using code USA10

     

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    Vote in the Georgia US Senate Runoff Election - December 6, 2022

    The Georgia US Senate Election Runoff Election is on December 6, 2022

    Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock won more votes than any other candidate, but just missed the 50% threshold to win outright

    Every registered Georgia voter can vote in the runoff!  It doesn’t matter if you voted in November.

    THERE ARE 3 POSSIBLE PATHS YOU CAN TAKE AS A GEORGIA VOTER ABROAD.  PICK ONE:


    PATH 1: YOU'VE ALREADY SUBMITTED A RANKED CHOICE BALLOT - CONFIRM IT WAS ACCEPTED


    1. Go to
    https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s and click on “Absentee Ballot Portal,” search for “12/06/2022 Runoff Election” and “Accepted Ballot Status”.

    2. If it was Received but not “Accepted,” please contact your election office immediately. If there’s a problem, you may be able to fix it!

    Their contact information is on https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s.

    Or, go to www.votefromabroad.org/ga  and scroll down to “Find Your Election Office.”

    3. If you can't confirm that it was "Received," it may have been lost or delayed in the mail. If you don't get confirmation soon, you can mail in a new ballot to ensure your vote is received in time!

    It's always a good idea to email your election office to let them know when you're sending in a duplicate ballot due to your original ballot not being received.

    If the Runoff ballot is available to download from https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s, please do so. Then fill it out and mail it back to Georgia.

    If the Runoff ballot isn't available, you can also vote using a Backup Ballot (FWAB). Go to Path 2:


    PATH 2: YOU GOT YOUR NOVEMBER BALLOT BUT DIDN’T SEND IN THE RANKED CHOICE BALLOT -- 
    VOTE NOW!

    1. Go to https://mvp.sos.ga.gov/s, download the official Runoff Ballot and mail it back right away.

     

    2. If the official Runoff Ballot isn't available, click below to go to the Backup Ballot:

     

    Vote for Democrat Raphael Warnock!

    You MUST SIGN the “Oath of Elector” and USE the 2 envelopes as instructed.  Mail it in right away.

    Your Runoff/Backup Ballot must be postmarked by Dec 6, 2022
    and received in GA by Dec 9, 2022. 

    *If you need help with mailing to GA, click here for postal/courier information for where you live. 


    PATH 3:  YOU DIDN’T RECEIVE YOUR NOVEMBER BALLOT --
    EMAIL IN A BALLOT REQUEST FORM & THEN MAIL IN A BACK UP BALLOT

    1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org  NOW and follow the instructions to submit the one-page form by email. You must submit a ballot request form to use the Backup Ballot.

    Your Ballot Request form must be dated on or before your Backup Ballot
    AND must be received in GA by November 25.


    2. Then vote in the Runoff election using a Backup Ballot (FWAB).
    Click below and follow the instructions:

    Your Backup Ballot must be postmarked by Dec 6, 2022
    and received in GA by Dec 9, 2022. 

    *If you need help with mailing to GA, click here for postal/courier information for where you live. 


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    Vote En La Elección de Medio Término De Florida – 8 de Noviembre del 2022

    FLORIDA TENDRÁ SU ELECCIÓN DE MEDIO TÉRMINO ¡ASEGÚRESE QUE SE ESCUCHE SU VOZ!

    ¿Cuáles elecciones habrán en  Florida? ¿A que estoy votando?

    ¡Votar nunca ha sido más importante y su voto es crucial!

    Florida tendrá su elección de Medio Término para elegir Representantes y Senadores nacionales; y también para las oficinas estatales de Gobernador, Vice Gobernador, Corte Suprema Estatal y sus Representantes y Senadores estatales. 

    Todos los votantes de Florida en el extranjero pueden votar en estas elecciones importantes.

    Todos los votantes en el extranjero pueden votar para elegir sus Representantes y Senadores nacionales. Es posible que usted también pueda votar para Gobernador, Vice Gobernador, Corte Suprema Estatal y sus Representantes a la legislatura estatal de Florida. Todo depende de la categoría que usted elija cuando se registre para votar y pida su boleta:

    • Si usted tiene intenciones de volver: usted puede votar en las elecciones estatales de Florida. *Usted no necesita tener una fecha de vuelta concreta y tampoco tiene que ser en un marco de tiempo específico, pero sí necesita tener las intenciones de volver en algún momento en el futuro.

    • Si su retorno es incierto: Usted no podra votar en las elecciones estatales de Florida, pero sí puede votar en las elecciones federales para Representantes y Senadores nacionales.

    Por favor vote su boleta entera. Las elecciones estatales en Florida son sumamente importantes. El gobierno estatal es responsable por votar e implementar pólizas con respecto al aborto y los derechos reproductivos, el cambio climático, la educación, y muchas cosas más que nos afectan no importa donde estemos en el mundo. 

    ¿Quiere unirse al equipo estatal de Democrats Abroad en Florida? Si quiere más información acerca del trabajo de Democrats Abroad en Florida escriba a: [email protected] o presione aquí


    1) Registrese Para Votar Y Pida Su Boleta Hoy

    Es fácil registrarse para votar. Y al pedir su boleta cubre todas las elecciones del año 2022, incluyendo cualquier elección de Segunda Vuelta o Elección Especial

    Visite www.votefromabroad.org/es y siga las instrucciones para completar su formulario y pedir su boleta, Tarjeta Federal Postal de Aplicación. (Si es necesario completar el formulario también servirá como su registro de votante.) Para asegurar recibir su boleta a tiempo por favor elija la caja en su formulario para que le envíen su boleta en blanco a su correo electrónico o en línea (“Email/Online”) o por fax (“Fax”).

    Puede enviar su Tarjeta Federal Postal de Aplicación a su oficina electoral local en Florida:  

    • Si usted está registrado para votar, aún debe enviar su Tarjeta Federal Postal de Aplicación para pedir su boleta en el año 2022 y votar en esta elección. Puede enviar su Tarjeta Federal Postal de Aplicación por correo electrónico (recomendado), fax, o correo postal.

      Su Tarjeta Federal Postal de Aplicación debe ser recibida el 8 de noviembre del 2022.

    • Si usted NO está registrado para votar, su Tarjeta Federal Postal de Aplicación debe ser enviada por correo postal y debe ser matasellos de 11 de octubre del 2022.

    2) Cuándo Reciba Su Boleta, Rellénela Y Retornela De Inmediato

    Las boletas se enviaran comenzando el 24 de septiembre del 2022. Si usted pidió que su boleta sea enviada por correo electrónico asegúrese mirar en sus carpetas secundarias y sus carpetas de correo chatarra.

    Cuando reciba su boleta rellénela y retornela de inmediato. Puede devolver su boleta por fax (recomendado) o correo postal. 

    • Su boleta debe ser recibida en Florida para el 8 de noviembre  del 2022 a las 7pm hora de Florida.

      Para más ideas de cómo enviar su boleta por fax, incluso si no tiene acceso a una máquina de fax, por favor
      presione aquí
    • O, su boleta debe ser matasellada no más tarde que el 8 de noviembre  del 2022 Y ser recibida en Florida para el 18 de (Month) del 2022.

      Para más ideas de como enviar su boleta para la fecha límite por favor presione aquí

      Y para ideas específicas de cómo enviar su boleta desde donde usted vive, por favor presione aqui para visitar la página de DA de su país.

    3) Confirme Que Su Boleta Haya Sido Aceptada Y Contada

    Después de enviar su boleta asegúrese que su voto sea contado.

    Verifique el estado de su boleta en línea en esta página: www.dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/check-your-voter-status-and-polling-place/vote-by-mail-ballot-information-and-status-lookup

    Es posible que necesite usar una Red Virtual Privada (Virtual Private Network/VPN) para conectarse a esta página. Para más información de cómo usar una Red Virtual Privada, por favor presione aquí.

    O envíe un correo electrónico o llame a su oficina electoral local. Puede encontrar la información de contacto aquí: www.votefromabroad.org/es/states/fl; deslice hacia abajo hasta "Funcionarios Electorales”.

    Y si hay algún problema con su boleta es posible que usted lo pueda arreglar; cuanto más temprano usted envíe su boleta, más tiempo tendrá para hacer los arreglos.


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