I’ve been waiting for my ballot. Everyone else had theirs last Friday – and I was getting concerned that maybe there was a problem with my absentee ballot. I printed out an emergency ballot, filled it out and had it ready to go in case my ballot didn’t get here by October 1st (it has to be mailed by Oct 8 to get there in time.)
Why why was I worried? Because I’m voting absentee from abroad, and I want to make sure I have enough time to get my vote mailed and counted.
The good news is that my ballot for Georgia got here yesterday. YEAY!
I filled it out, and sealed it up. I went to the post office – and because the ballot is oversized, and I’m sending it from Germany – back home to the USA
it cost me 4 EUROS (that’s almost $8) to mail it back.
But – despite it all, I did it.


Now, for those of you in the USA –
~I know it won’t take you two weeks of wondering if your ballot was is going to get your house.
~It won’t cost you $8 in gas to go to the poll or to mail your ballot.
~I know it won’t take you a month of wondering if it got there, or if once the ballot gets there it will be counted….
So, to my view, there’s No EXCUSE.
If I can VOTE from Germany, and do all that – just to make sure MY VOTE makes it on time and that I HAVE A VOICE ….
I EXPECT NO LESS OF YOU. I don’t care who you vote for.
Update –
Twenty-five states, including nine swing states – Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, – have registration deadlines in the next two weeks.

Voters in the following states (who have not yet registered and/or requested their ballots) must ensure that their FPCAs are sent in NOW!

Oct. 4 – Illinois, Nevada, South Carolina

Oct. 5 – Alaska, Mississippi

Oct. 6 – Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming

Oct. 8 – Missouri

Oct. 10 – Idaho, New York

All of these states except for NY and WY will accept faxed FPCAs.

Please use the following US fax number: +1-703-693-5527 (the toll free numbers in many parts of the world do not work). All faxes are received in Virginia by the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The FVAP will log in the date and time that the fax was received and then forward it on to your local election official.

For deadline purposes, your form is deemed received when it arrives on the FVAP’s fax machine, but you still must MAIL the original form to your local election official.

Exceptions: NY and WY do NOT accept faxes. The only way to meet the deadlines for NY and WY is to ensure that your original FPCA arrives in the local election office by mail no later than the deadline. (NY and WY will also accept FPCAs by commercial courier.) NOTE: FPCAs need NOT carry a foreign postmark!

Later Deadlines:

The other states have later registration deadlines.

Check them here: http://democratsabroad.org/registration_dates and watch for our forthcoming Voter Alerts.

To check the status of your registration, check http://democratsabroad.org/registration_links.

If your state is not listed, contact your local election official. You can find this information at www.Votesmart.org/voter_county_election_offices.php