You Can Vote From Here

And here’s how
BY: FLO NIGHTENGALE

Now all U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your ballot by email, fax, or internet download.

To start, go to www.fvap.gov to complete a new federal post card application, (FPCA), print it out and sign the form, then return it to your local election office in the United States.

Overseas voters have a number of options for returning voted ballots:

Local mail. If you have good mail service to the United States, put your ballot in the mail with appropriate international postage. Ja ja ja. Not reccomended.

U.S. Embassy Pouch. You can drop off your ballot request or voted ballot at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for return to the United States, or you can have someone drop it off for you.  It must be addressed to your local election officials and have sufficient postage or be in a postage-paid envelope. A postage-paid envelope is available on the FVAP web site.  Contact the voting assistance officer or visit the Embassy website for specific instructions.

Fax, Email, or Internet  A number of states now allow the electronic return of voted ballots. Consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s Voting Assistance Guide for electronic transmission options for your state.

Express Courier Service  

If time is short or local mail is unreliable, you can use professional courier services such as FedEx, DHL, or UPS.

The American consulate recommends overseas U.S. citizens get in the habit of completing FPCAs each January. You should include your email address on the form so it’s easier for your election officials to reach you if there is a problem. If your state delivers ballots electronically by fax only, be sure to include your fax number. (Geeze, does anyone even have a fax machine anymore? How very Flintstone.)

If you request electronic delivery and include your email address or fax number, you’ll receive your blank ballot 45 days before general and mid-term elections and generally 30 days before special, primary, and run-off elections for federal offices.

Most states now have voter registration verification websites, and many offer a means of tracking the status of your registration and ballot.

For more information a good starting point is www.fvap.gov.