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. 

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Heidi Burch

Vote From Abroad Coordinator
sarajean rossitto

DPCA Voting Representative, Democrats Abroad Japan, Dep RVC Asia Pacific
Kathryn Solon

DNC Member; Global GOTV Team; Resolutions Committee

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2023 State Voting Information

STATE VOTING INFORMATION FOR KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NEW JERSEY, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, UTAH, VIRGINIA & WISCONSIN


Click to Navigate to the Election Info for:
Kentucky 
Louisiana • Mississippi  New JerseyOhio
PennsylvaniaRhode IslandUtahVirginiaWisconsin


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)


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)


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 Assembly
Deadline information: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/election-information-2023.shtml

  • Democrats currently control State Senate, 25-15
  • Democrats currently control State Assembly, 46-34, but lost 6 six seats last election

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


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)



OHIO STATE ELECTIONS:
All overseas voters may vote in Ohio state elections

On the ballot: August - Proposal to increase requirements for vote to amend Ohio Constitution - VOTE NO!
Deadline information: https://www.ohiosos.gov/elections/voters/current-voting-schedule/

August 8, 2023: Special Election

On the ballot: November - Proposal to amend Ohio Constitution to protect abortion rights - VOTE YES!
Deadline information: www.ohiosos.gov/publications/2023-elections-calendar

November 7, 2023: General Election

Registration deadline: Oct 10, 2023
Ballot request deadline: Oct 31, 2023
Ballot return deadline: Mail only: ballot Signed by Nov 7 at 7:30pm AND Received by Nov 11, 2023 (postal mail or diplomatic pouch) [*If sent by courier: Must be received by Nov 7, 2023 at 7:30pm]



PENNSYLVANIA STATE ELECTIONS:
Only overseas voters who "intent to return" may vote in Pennsylvania state elections

Offices on the ballot: State Supreme Court, Appellate Courts, Municipal Election
Deadline information: 2023 PA Election Calendar (PDF)

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


November 7, 2023
: General election

Registration deadline: October 23, 2023, at 5pm
Ballot request deadline: October 31, 2023(Civilian) or November 6, 2023 (Military or family member)
Ballot return deadline: Mail only: Postmarked by November 6, 2023 AND received by November 14, 2023 at 5pm Pennsylvania time



RHODE ISLAND SPECIAL FEDERAL ELECTION - Congressional District RI-1:
All overseas voters who vote in Rhode Island Congressional District 1 may vote in this federal election. It is a special election to fill the remaining term of Rep David Cicilline (D), who resigned in June to run a foundation. This is a very blue district and only one Democrat, current Lt Gov Sabina Matos, is running in the Democratic Primary.

Special Primary Election: September 5, 2023


Special General Election:
November 7, 2023

Registration deadline: October 8, 2023
Ballot request deadline: October 17, 2023
Ballot return deadline:
Email or Fax: Received by November 14, 2023



UTAH SPECIAL FEDERAL ELECTION - Congressional District UT-2:

All overseas voters who vote in Utah Congressional District 2 may vote in this federal election. It is a special election to fill the remaining term of Rep. Chris Stewart (R), who resigned effective Sept 15 due his wife's health issues. This is a very red district, with Rep Stewart winning about 60% of the vote in House elections since 2012.

The Democratic Primary was cancelled after Democrat Kathleen Riebe, a Utah State Senator and the Democratic Minority Whip in the Utah Senate, won the nomination at the Special Democratic Convention on June 28, 2023.

Special Primary Election - Republican only: September 5, 2023


Special General Election:
November 21, 2023

Registration deadline: November 13, 2023 (if using FPCA)
     If using the FWAB to register AND vote: November 16, 2023
Ballot request deadline: November 20, 2023
Ballot return deadline:
     Email or Fax: Received by November 20, 2023
     Mail: Postmarked by November 20 AND Received by December 4, 2023



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

  • Democrats currently control VA State Senate by narrow margin, 22-18
  • Republicans currently control VA House of Delegates by narrow margin, 49-46

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


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)


April 4, 2023
: General election

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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