2019 Special Elections

for Vacancies in the U.S. House

North Carolina's 3rd | North Carolina's 9th | Pennsylvania's 12th | see Ballotpedia for State Legislative Special Elections ➚

 

Make a new ballot request for 2019 — send the form right away!

  1. Go to www.votefromabroad.org to complete the *Ballot Request form (FPCA).
  2. Follow the Instructions to attach your signature online—or—print out and sign the completed form.
  3. Send the signed FPCA to your election official. You may EMAIL, FAX or MAIL your FPCA to your Local Election Official.

We recommend that you request to receive your ballot by email/online or fax, for the fastest delivery. You can expect to receive your ballot 45 days before the election.

If you have any questions while filling out the form, VoteFromAbroad.org has an online chat box (the orange square in the lower right corner of the screen).

After you send in your form, be sure to email or call your Local Election Official to verify they received it and will be sending a ballot to you. The applicable contact information is in the printed instructions from VoteFromAbroad.org included with your completed form. You can also look up the contact information for your Local Election Official here: www.votefromabroad.org/states

 

North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District — Special Primary: April 30, 2019

Concerns all overseas voters who vote in the eastern portion of the state and includes all or parts of Currituck, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Tyrrell, Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Pamlico, Carteret, Pitt, Craven, Onslow, Jones, Lenoir, and Greene [MAP] to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Walter Jones (R) on February 10, 2019.

To vote in the primary, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive on the form. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Candidates for the Democratic nomination are:

Primary Election: April 30, 2019
Register to Vote: April 29, 5pm (NC time) by email, fax or mail
Request Ballot: April 29, 5pm (NC time) received by email, fax or mail
Return Ballot: mail by April 29, 11:59pm (voter time) and ballot must be received by May 6,
 or email or fax received by April 30, 7:30pm (NC time)
*May use FWAB to register to vote and vote at the same time.

Primary Runoff (if needed): July 9, 2019
General Election: July 9 if no runoffs are needed, else September 10, 2019

 

North Carolina's 9th Congressional District — Special Primary: May 14, 2019

Concerns all overseas voters who vote in the southern portion of the state and includes all or parts of Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland and Union counties. [MAP]

With only 905 votes between the top two candidates, NC State Board of Elections refused to a declare a winner following the November 6, 2018 General Election, due to ballot fraud allegations in parts of the district, specifically in Bladen and Robeson Counties. On February 21, 2019, voted 5-0 to call a new election. The GOP candidate implicated in the fraud announced that he would not run in the special election, citing a "health situation".¹ ²  

Dan McCready (D) is still in this race, there will not be a Democratic Primary. [ DanMcCready.com | Facebook | Twitter | Ballotpedia bio ]

Primary Election: May 14, 2019
Primary Runoff (if needed): September 10, 2019
General Election: September 10, 2019 if no runoffs are needed, else November 5, 2019

 

Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District — Special Election: May 21, 2019

Concerns all overseas voters who vote in Beaver County as well as portions of Allegheny, Cambria, Lawrence, Somerset and Westmorland Counties³ [MAP] to fill the vacancy caused when Representative Tom Marino (R) resigned from office on January 23, 2019 to take a job in the private sector.

Democrats nominated Marc Friedenberg (D) on February 12: [ www.MarcforPA.com | Facebook | Twitter | Ballotpedia bio ]

General Election: May 21, 2019
Register to Vote: April 22 mail by or received by email, fax or online ⁱ
Request Ballot: May 20, received by email, fax or mail
Return Ballot: mail by May 20, no later than 11:59pm and received by May 28 at 5pm
*Must register to vote prior to using the FWAB to vote.

ⁱ If registering to vote online, overseas voters must also send in the FPCA form to request a ballot by the deadline 

 

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2019 State Gubernatorial and Legislative Elections

Five states — Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia — will hold General Elections in November 2019 for state executive offices, state legislative offices or both.

    State Election
Tue May 21 Kentucky Primary
Tue Jun 04 New Jersey Primary
Tue Jun 11 Virginia Primary
Tue Aug 06 Mississippi Primary
Tue Aug 27 Mississippi Primary Runoff 
(If needed, top two finishers for any office where no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Mississippi Primary Election)
Tue Oct 12 Louisiana Primary
(Any candidate who receives at least 50% of the vote in the Louisiana Primary Election wins office and does not go to the Louisiana General Election)
     
Sat Sep 21 45 Days to Election: overseas absentee ballots for the General Election should be arriving
     
Tue Nov 05 General Election - Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia
Tue Nov 16 General Election - Louisiana 
(If needed, top two finishers for any office where no candidate receives at least 50% of the vote in the Louisiana Primary Election)

Download 2019 State Gubernatorial and Legislative Elections list (Google Doc)

 

What is on the Ballot in 2019?

  • Kentucky — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General and Secretary of State
    *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in KY state elections

  • Louisiana — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House
    *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in LA state elections

  • Mississippi — includes Governor, Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Senate and State House
  • *All overseas voters, except those who have "never resided in the U.S.", may vote in MS state elections

  • New Jersey — General Assembly
  • *Overseas voters who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in NJ state elections

  • Virginia — includes State Senate and State House
  • *Overseas voters who indicate they "intend to return" may vote in VA state elections.
    In addition, VA overseas voters who indicate their "return is uncertain" may vote in VA state elections if they provide the name of an overseas employer for either the voter or the voter's spouse or the voter's parent (if the voter is a dependent)

 

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Federal review of ballot request and back-up ballot forms

Drafts of the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms are available for review and comment on the Federal Register until January 22 at regulations.gov.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act -- also know as UOCAVA, the federal law that defines overseas voting -- requires that the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) review and accept public comment every three years on the two federal forms: the FPCA used to register to vote, request an absentee ballot and update contact information, and the FWAB  backup ballot if the voter doesn’t receive a requested ballot in time.

 

View and comment on the draft FPCA form: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0092

View and comment on the draft FWAB form: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOD-2018-OS-0091


Georgia Secretary of State Dec 4 Runoff

Georgia will hold a State Runoff Election on Tuesday, December 4 to elect the next state Secretary of State. Georgia holds runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the vote in an election. We all saw Republican Secretary of State Kemp carry out his outrageous tactics of voter suppression while serving his term as Georgia's chief election official, undermining democracy to narrowly eke out a win to be the next Governor over Stacey Adams. Vote for Democrat John Barrow     in the Runoff and ensure Georgia's future elections are fair and every vote is counted!

Overseas voters can vote in the Runoff Election if you registered as "intend to return" and also requested a ballot for the General Election. You should have received a Statewide State Office Write-In Ballot (SWAB) with the absentee ballot for the General Election, or download the SWAB. Official ballots will be mailed to voters, but time is tight to mail your ballot back before the deadline, so vote now using the SWAB!

Georgia Runoff for Georgia Secretary of State: Tuesday, December 4

  • Ballot Return: by mail only, postmarked by Tue, Dec 4 and received by Fri, Dec 7 to be counted

Please share this information on to any Georgia voters you know. Voters flipped by electing Lucy McBath, and we can flip this office too. Democrats win when Democrats vote!

Send any questions to gotv@democratsabroad.org. And complete our 2018 Voter Survey about voting in the 2018 midterms to help make it easier to #votefromabroad.

 

SWAB Instructions for Georgia Overseas Voters

from http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/ballot_selection

  1. Write in the candidate's first and last name. 
  2. To ensure secrecy, place your folded ballot into a plain envelope and seal.
  3. Print and complete the required oath (PDF) statement. Place the completed oath and the sealed envelope into another outer envelope and seal. Write the words “Official Absentee Ballot” on the outer envelope. Failure to sign and return the oath will cause your SWAB to be rejected.
  4. Return the SWAB by mail to your local county registrar. The SWAB will not be accepted if it is returned by fax or email. All ballots postmarked by the runoff date will be counted if received by the county office within three days of the runoff election.

Mississippi Runoff for US Senate, Nov 27

Mississippi will hold a Runoff Election on Tuesday, November 27 for U.S. Senate. Mississippi holds runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the vote in a special election. This is a tight race. Democrat Mike Espy      and the current Republican Senator tied in the General Election. Now is our chance to flip this seat.

All registered Mississippi voters can vote in this special federal election. If you voted in the General Election, please be sure to return the Ranked Choice ballot that came with you official absentee ballot. If you have it, go ahead and return it now. If you need a new one, contact your election official for a new one. More information on VoteFromAbroad.org.

If you didn't vote in the midterms, send in your form to request a ballot now. It's really easy, you can both send the request and receive your ballot by email. The deadline is November 27, 7pm CST.

Mississippi Special Runoff for U.S. Senate: Tuesday, November 27

  • Voter Registration: Oct 29 (passed)
  • Ballot Request: No deadline
  • Ballot Return: received by Tue, Nov 27, 7pm CST (email, fax, or mail)

☛ Request a ballot: Complete the form at VoteFromAbroad.org.

Please share this information on to any Mississippi voters you know. Democrats win when Democrats vote!

Send any questions to gotv@democratsabroad.org. And complete our 2018 Voter Survey about voting in the 2018 midterms to help make it easier to #votefromabroad.

 

Runoff Instructions for Mississippi Overseas Voters

from http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Military-Overseas-Voter.aspx

  • Simultaneous with the transmittal of your absentee ballot for the General Election, you have also been provided with a ranked-choice absentee ballot to be used in the instance of a Runoff Election.
  • The ranked choice ballot allows you to rank all potential runoff election candidates in the order of your preference.
  • If you rank two or more candidates the same, your vote in that particular race will not be counted.
  • You are not required to indicate your preference for more than one candidate.
  • No additional ballot will be sent to you for a Runoff Election.
  • It is your choice when you vote and return your voted Runoff Election absentee ballot; however, absentee ballots returned electronically must be received by the Circuit Clerk's Office of the voter's county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the date of the election in order to be counted. Absentee ballots must be received on or before the deadline.

For the Runoff Election, your ballot must be received by the Circuit Clerk's Office no later than Runoff Election Day, November 27, at 7:00pm CST.

  • Absentee ballots requested on Election Day may only be received by the voter and returned to the Circuit Clerk's Office by e-mail.
  • Note: Only the first received absentee ballot may be counted per election per voter. Subsequent absentee ballots received from the same voter for the same election will be rejected.

Urgent Action for Florida Voters

We need you to take action NOW to make sure that your vote is counted.

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A Message to Ohio Voters

Your vote is important to Ohio! All of Ohio's major races are either tied or within the margin of error. We need your vote to reelect Sherrod Brown     to the US Senate, put Rich Cordray      and Betty Sutton      in the governor's office, sweep the statewide races and turn Ohio blue.

Even if you voted from abroad in the past, if you haven't yet requested your ballot this year, you still need to do so to make sure you can vote. Just go to votefromabroad.org, fill in the Federal request form, print, sign and send it in to your local election office here in Ohio.

If you have any questions about voting please email DA's Voter Help Desk at gotv@democratsabroad.org.

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

Democratically yours,
David Pepper, Chair
Ohio Democratic Party

 

There's still time to get a ballot, but the deadline is coming up. Don't wait:

REQUEST your overseas absentee ballot before Saturday, November 3, 12 noon EST. You may send your request form by email, fax or mail. We recommend sending your request form by email or fax and having your ballot delivered to you by email.

RETURN your ballot by Monday, November 5. Your ballot must be mailed by the day before Election Day and received by Friday, November 16.

If you don't have a ballot yet and are concerned about the time it will take to mail it to Ohio, VOTE now using the FWAB. The Federal backup ballot can be used to vote for all elections and ballot measures. The FWAB must be mailed by November 5 and received by November 16 to be counted. You still need to submit the Federal request form by November 3.

 

All overseas voters may vote in Ohio 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.


2018 Elections: Registration and Ballot Updates

Known issues regarding application deadlines or access to ballots. (listed alphabetically by state)

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.
California — LA County relying on SAMPLE BALLOT to be voted by overseas voters requesting ballot by email.
For those receiving a ballot via email containing a download link, the downloaded PDF of your ballot may appear with the words SAMPLE BALLOT in the margin. The ballot will appear otherwise able to be voted with (i.e. the words SAMPLE BALLOT do not obscure the voting area). You should also have received accompanying instructions from your local elections officials clarifying that the SAMPLE BALLOT is the ballot that you should vote, and that it will be counted. Do not wait to receive an official ballot. Go ahead and vote with the Sample Ballot. As always, best to confirm by contacting your elections officials to confirm whether you can vote with the Sample Ballot.
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
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!
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.
❗️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
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

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


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.