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How To Register and Get Your Absentee Ballot


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Just because you’re out of the country gives you no excuse not to vote! Come on, clickie and find out how to do your patriotic duty and be glad you’re not Australian.

And just so you know, there are only 32 days left, so let’s hop to it. The Federal Voting Assistance Program is a program designed for military members and U.S. citizens living or stationed abroad who can’t make it to a polling station for, well, the obvious reasons. This is where you can register and request a ballot.

At this point, you’ll have to register for your Federal Post Card Application, which will require you to have your driver’s license, Social Security number and a couple key pieces of information. This can be submitted online through your local county/state, but if it doesn’t work, you’ll have to do it the old-school fashioned way using postage (no last minute voting here, peeps). The beauty, though, is that you can choose to request your ballot to be delivered by either snail mail, fax, or through the wonderful technology of email.

Once that’s done, you’ll have to wait to get approved and wait for your ballot to be received. Unfortunately, you’ll most likely have to submit your absentee ballot through mail or fax, depending on the state you’re voting in. You can send it off through your local U.S. embassy and consulate, but remember international mail is a doozy – this should all be done at least a month out. That’s also tomorrow.

[A pretty important point on mailing your ballot: If you mail your vote, you should post it from a foreign post office or your ballot can be invalidated.]

Unfortunately, if you’re reading this, it means you’ve waited until the last minute. Luckily you can also submit the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot if you haven’t gotten your ballot yet by mailing it or completing it online. Now as to who you vote for – well, that’s the nice thing about choice and making your voice heard, isn’t it?

[Federal Voting Assistance Program]
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