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For AMERICANS ABROAD whose voting residence is

Illinois, Nevada, South Carolina, Alaska, Mississippi, Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia --

MONDAY OCT 6 is the effective deadline for your state, to register/request an absentee ballot!

Missouri closes October 8! And New York closes Oct 10!*

It is still not too late to register! If you ACT FAST you can get your application in on time!

Follow me after the jump...


  1. Go to and answer the questions.**
  1. PRINT the entire document generated (PDF file).
  1. SIGN AND DATE the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) on page 4. This is the absentee ballot registration/request.

4. FAX IT with the cover sheet provided on page 3 to the Federal Voter Assistance Program in the US: +1 (703) 693 5527. Faxing the FPCA here will have it count as received by your local elections official.

  1. The original FPCA must still be mailed in to your local election official listed on page 1 for your vote to count.


Once you have faxed in the FPCA, you can send in a voted FWAB with your FPCA original.

  1. Vote the Federal Write in Ballot (FWAB), the 'back up ballot', by following the directions on pages 5-9.
  1. Place your voted FWAB in a sealed Security Envelope (any blank envelope will do), and then place it with the signed and dated Voter Affirmation/Declaration (page 6), as well as the signed and dated FPCA in a single Return Envelope addressed to the local elections official listed on Page 1. Be sure to write your name and overseas mailing address on the return envelope. When mailing a ballot, it is very important that this envelope have an overseas postmark.
  1. If/when you receive your state ballot, vote it and send it in by election day -- your vote will not be double counted!

If you need further assistance, you can email -- cc me, and I can also try to help follow up!

To check state deadlines:Click here for State Deadlines
To look up current candidates for your state: Enter your 9 digit zip code in the upper left. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where it lists CURRENT CANDIDATES. You can vote by candidate name or by party.
To look up your 9-digit zip code: Enter your voting address here.

* ATTENTION NEW YORK OVERSEAS VOTERS: New York does not allow faxed transmissions. The deadline is Oct 10 -- New York voters overseas need to get their FPCAs in the mail TODAY via a commercial courier like Fedex. To use the OVF/Fedex Express Your Vote program, go here.

**The Obama Campaign encourages the use of both VoteFromAbroad and OverseasVoteFoundation. The steps here reflect the VFA process, which I know contains info on how to fax directly in to the FVAP.

Originally posted to beijingbetty on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:42 PM PDT.

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  •  register a voter for every smear! (13+ / 0-)

    AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

    by beijingbetty on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:43:16 PM PDT

    •  This ex-pat in Ontario (2+ / 0-)
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      joan reports, beijingbetty

      did all of the above Friday afternoon (in the process missing my chance to pimp it in CnJ, LMAO), EXCEPT for the 9-digit zip - I don't think I ever knew mine in California (rural area), and there's apparently now a "building" located where the trailer park I lived in was. It's rather apparent that that address is now rather confusing, either to Postal officials, Election Officials, or both. Which is why I faxed everything, also.

      Thanks for this diary - but it'll likely scroll off by morning. I've written one Vote-from-Abroad diary already; it may be time for another soon. This issue is really a LOT more important than most DEMOCRATS realise - there's NO REASON for a conservative to be here (or in MOST 'civilised' countries, FTM). Constant irritants like socialised health care (and some other things), gov't officials that HELP you, rather than HINDER you. Hell, this country is WAY more liberal under Harper than the US was under Clinton, by FAR. 90% of ex-pats here are rabid Obama fans (the ones I know, anyway).

      I'll try and write another myself, soon.

      When the Revolution in the Streets begins, I'M ON THE FIRST BUS HOME!!! (My original DKos sig, FWIW)

      by grndrush on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:07:48 PM PDT

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      •  What seems OBVIOUS to expats, I think is that (2+ / 0-)
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        grndrush, bear83


        Do Americans want to compete on an even playing field with the Canadians, the British, the French, and the Germans who all have some form of universal health care coverage?

        Or do we want to compete with the Indians and the Chinese who don't?!

        America needs to wake up -- and Americans abroad need to tell the folks back home what they see.

        AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

        by beijingbetty on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:27:55 PM PDT

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        •  GA website seems to say (1+ / 0-)
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          won't accept registration by fax. However, I don't know if that applies to overseas civilian voters, or only to domestic. GA's deadline is Monday.

        •  Having a world view larger than the "lower 48" (1+ / 0-)
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          is the best thing that can happen to ANY American (and the Democratic Party, as well, FTM).

          IMNSHO, we should at least make subsidies or something available so that EVERY American could spend 1 year abroad - virtually wherever they chose. Maybe not doing EXACTLY what they 'want' to be doing, but there are plenty of opps - for a leader who'll sit down with other leaders and talk rationally.

          They're all going overseas right now anyway, but Baghdad isn't exactly a tourist Mecca ATM.

          Or Mecca, FTM.

          When the Revolution in the Streets begins, I'M ON THE FIRST BUS HOME!!! (My original DKos sig, FWIW)

          by grndrush on Sun Oct 05, 2008 at 08:32:06 PM PDT

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          •  I love the idea of mandatory service. (1+ / 0-)
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            I would do it, either a year not in your home state, or a year abroad.

            I think it's an excellent idea, and I would do it even now as a 30-something adult.

            And if not mandatory, then heavily incentivized in some way. Not necessarily monetary, but perhaps in the manner of a GI bill form of recompense.

            AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

            by beijingbetty on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 12:15:14 AM PDT

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            •  I would leave it optional, myself (1+ / 0-)
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              strictly of 'freedom of..." grounds; not that I don't think it would do every American good!

              The MSM isn't trying to make this race closer. They are trying to defeat Obama, and they're the only ones left who can.

              by grndrush on Mon Oct 06, 2008 at 02:45:22 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for this, bb...I have some votes to get! (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Tiped and rec'ed. Lets keep this up there. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    beijingbetty, GWCane85

    "Vote Your Hopes Not Your Fears."

    by YellerDog on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 09:50:15 PM PDT

  •  here u go 10 votes from INDIA for Ohio obama (4+ / 0-)
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    grndrush, pooh74, beijingbetty, GWCane85
  •  email this link (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm so glad to see this here. I've been emailing this info around and posting it on facebook groups.

    Overseas votes could be the difference in some of these battleground states.

    Here is the USG website for registering and requesting a ballot. That might be more palatable for independents:

    Ben Orbach author of Live from Jordan

    by benjaminorbach on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:01:21 PM PDT

    •  Thank you! The FVAP do great work (0+ / 0-)

      all of VFA and OVFs efforts are ultimately coordinated with the FVAP.

      FVAP site forms are my backup when the VFA site is slow -- but they are tricky to use because they require the voter to look up and fill in their local elections official information, and know what address goes where on the form. It is very easy to put the wrong information in the wrong place using their online forms.

      The VFA site asks questions, takes the info you provide, and puts it in the correct place on the generated forms. It also only gathers the NECESSARY information -- for example, for most states you do NOT need to provide a full SSN, only the last four digits. This helps protect your privacy as your application gets handled.

      About 1/3 of registrants on VFA in 2006 were from non-Democrats. It is completely candidate and party agnostic, even though it was developed by DA -- it is just a voter registration tool, and anyone can use it. It was built in compliance with EU privacy laws, so it's actually even more privacy protected than the OVF site.

      AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

      by beijingbetty on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:20:48 PM PDT

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  •  I've already voted! (2+ / 0-)
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    pooh74, beijingbetty

    Granted, I'm from Michigan, which I guess isn't a battleground state anymore since McLame pulled up stakes and ran off with his tail between his legs, but I'm living in Japan and have already voted my ballot... it goes in the mail Monday morning.  I would urge all other expats to request a ballot and VOTE... it's almost as easy as doing it back home, and as we all know, EVERY VOTE COUNTS!!!!!

    •  Awesome! (0+ / 0-)

      Are you involved with the campaign there? The North Asia field director for the campaign, Terri MacMillan is based there. :-)

      AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

      by beijingbetty on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 10:22:19 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm not involved with the campaign, unfortunately... and I was not aware of Terri MacMillan's work! Now that I know, however...
        I requested my ballot the hard way- by going through a search, to the website, requested data for my county, contacted my local city clerk, and sent a letter... is the way I would have done it, had I known...
        A shout out to all Michigan voters- there are four proposals on the ballot... two dealing with medical marijuana, one with stem cell research.  Let's vote progressive and get our state moving forward again!  

  •  No excuse for Diebold. (1+ / 0-)
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    They're letting me vote with a black or blue ink pen on a photocopied 8.5x11 sheet of paper.

    --- My real name is droogie6655321.

    by opendna on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 11:19:29 PM PDT

  •  stupid question (1+ / 0-)
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    I am not from any of the above states..I've already gotten my absentee ballot and sent it back.

    However, I have co-workers from those states who are actually interested to vote this year, but are afraid to register because they haven't been paying state income tax since they became ex-pats (we are all federal employees, so we are not exempt from U.S. taxes)

    Are the two systems related? If they register to vote, will the taxman notice?

    That's the only thing holding them back.

    Thanks for any advice.

    (btw the way the states involved are VA and IL)

    •  They have been evading taxes? (0+ / 0-)

      Not really cool. But I'm sure that the authorities will get to them eventually regardless of whether they register or not.

      •  perhaps (0+ / 0-)

        It's really easy when one lives overseas to not see the value of paying state taxes...what kind of return are you getting, you don't use state resources (not saying it's right either, but I can understand)

        And you probably never get caught..when you move back to the States, you don't have to go back to where you started, you move to another place. Americans don't "unregister" when we leave a place, we just pick up and go.

        I am a resident of a state that doesn't have state income tax specifically because I don't want to have to worry about this sort of thing (and I did really live in SD for three long years)

      •  Actually it may not be tax evasion (0+ / 0-)

        if they no longer reside in that state.

        US citizens are of course still obligated to file and pay applicable federal taxes wherever they live.

        AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

        by beijingbetty on Sun Oct 05, 2008 at 12:19:23 AM PDT

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    •  By law, voting does not determine tax obligation. (1+ / 0-)
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      When they register to vote, they will be asked INDEFINTELY or TEMPORARILY -- this will determine what kind of ballot they will get.

      If your friends are abroad INDEFINITELY, they can vote in the Federal Election -- President/VP, Senate and House races -- without incurring any tax burden on a state/local level.

      Generally, if people are only abroad TEMPORARILY, they can vote on state/local measures or races, and should expect to pay state/local taxes. That's the short answer. For the long (and official) answer, speak with a tax attorney from the state in question. (That's the fine print. :-))

      AMERICANS ABROAD Register to vote absentee today!

      by beijingbetty on Sun Oct 05, 2008 at 12:17:55 AM PDT

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