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Steps to Take In Order to Vote in the 2020 U.S. Elections (Update October 16, 2020)


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On 9/11/2020 at 8:04 AM, BossHog said:

Thanks for the info @Salty Dog. So, I completed my FPCA, signed, dated, scanned, and e-mailed it to my county voters' office in Pennsylvania. They will send the ballot by e-mail. Easy enough.

Pennsylvania however requires you to mail in a hard copy of your completed ballot in a special envelope (They give you a PDF of the printing that goes on the envelope).Three ways of getting it sent but all are a bit problematic:

1. Mail by PhilPost. Unreliable and glacially slow.

2. Drop it off in person at US embassy. I ain't flying there during Covid just to drop off a ballot. Normally I'd probably make it an excuse to fly there for a week of dining and carousing in Manila, but not now.

3. Mail it to the US embassy in Manila. This however requires you stamp the envelope yourself with US postage. However nobody sells US stamps on Siargao, lol.

I'd be happy to hear any suggestions or solutions. Sometimes I make things more complicated than they are and perhaps I'm missing an easy fix. Thanks in advance.

Emailed my last one to WA state. Arrived via RAO Cebu from Manila. Hmmm LBC might be your only out option... receiving option is onky email for you because they havent thought this bullshit through IMO.

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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens:  Don’t forget to sign and seal your ballots!
September 15, 2020

 

Overseas absentee voting is fast, easy, and available anywhere in the world, but there are a few important things you must remember to do:

-Sign your ballot and place it in a sealed envelope.

-Include a return address on the envelope.

-Address the envelope to your local election official.

-Ensure your envelope has the correct U.S. postage.

 You must enclose your voted ballot in a sealed envelope addressed to the appropriate local election office in the United States. The U.S. Postal Service will not accept envelopes that are not sealed, that are missing postage, or are not addressed correctly. To find the mailing address of your local election office, see https://www.fvap.gov/guide. 

 Envelope templates are available for printing on FVAP.gov. Once your ballot is placed inside a sealed envelope with the appropriate U.S. postage paid, place that envelope in a separate, covering envelope addressed to the U.S. Embassy in Manila. You can then drop off or mail (Phil Post or courier) your ballot to us.

 

Drop-off:

 -U.S. Embassy Manila’s public entrance from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays. 

 -Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays. 

 Mail-in:

American Citizen Services Unit (Consular)
ATTN: Voter Information
U.S. Embassy Manila
1201 Roxas Boulevard
Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000

 

For information on registering to vote, see our September 9 voting message for U.S. citizens.

Contact us with questions at [email protected] 


For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Celebrate Absentee Voting Week September 27-October 4, 2020

September 23, 2020

Do you have questions about voting in the upcoming U.S. election?  Do you want to learn more about the voter registration process?  Do you know how to submit your voted ballot?

For answers to these and other common voting questions, join us for a Virtual Voting Town Hall on Friday, October 2, at 9 a.m. to celebrate Absentee Voting Week.  The virtual town hall, hosted by U.S. Embassy Manila’s new Consul General, is open to all U.S. citizens in the Philippines.

Consular staff will discuss absentee voting, as well as other items of interest to U.S. citizens, and take your questions about voting.  Please register here for the virtual town hall.  Once registered, we will send you the access information for the town hall via email.  Registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, and numbers will be limited to ensure we can answer questions.

For more information about voting, click here and visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.  We look forward to seeing you October 2!


For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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On 9/11/2020 at 2:19 PM, mikecon3 said:

I don't think it's you, sounds like Pennsylvania has made it more complicated.  I think Roger's LBC suggestion makes the most sense if you have someone in the US that will put stamps and mail it for you.

Doh. I was making it more complicated than necessary. Just completed my ballot and printed out the (now famous) Pennsyvania security envelope on a Standard U.S. #10 envelope 4 1/8in. by 9 1/2in. Didn't need to buy US postage after all as the envelope is pre-paid which I hadn't noticed before. Now just gotta LBC it up to the US embassy in Manila. 

Wonder if they'll email me back an "I Voted" sticker to print out and wear.

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32 minutes ago, BossHog said:

printed out the (now famous) Pennsyvania security envelope

When I saw the articles about them finding discarded ballots in Pennsylvania, I immediately thought of you!

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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens:  Virtual Voting Town Hall
October 2, 2020

Do you have questions about voting in the upcoming U.S. election?  Do you want to learn more about the voter registration process?  Do you know how to submit your voted ballot?

Due to popular demand, please join us for a second Virtual Voting Town Hall on Wednesday October 7, at 9 a.m.  The virtual town hall, hosted by U.S. Embassy Manila’s new American Citizen Services chief, is open to all U.S. citizens in the Philippines.  

Consular staff will discuss absentee voting and take your questions about voting from abroad.  Please register here for the virtual town hall.  Once registered, we will send you the access information for the town hall via email.  Registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, and numbers will be limited to ensure we can answer questions.

For more information about voting, click here and visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.  We look forward to seeing you October 7!

 


For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens:  Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now!

Voter Assistance Events in October

October, 9, 2020

 Calling all U.S. citizen voters – Election Day is November 3!  Submit or mail in your signed, voted ballot as soon as possible.  Check www.FVAP.gov for information about ballot submission procedures and deadlines for your state.  If you are mailing your ballot via the U.S. Embassy in Manila, we recommend you drop if off or send it to us before October 15 to be sure it reaches your local election officials by your state’s ballot submission deadline.  We will accept ballots through Election Day. 

 Drop-off:  

  -U.S. Embassy Manila’s public entrance from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays.  We are closed October 12 for a U.S. holiday.

 -Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays.  We are closed October 12 for a U.S. holiday.

Mail-in:  

American Citizen Services Unit (Consular) 
ATTN: Voter Information 
U.S. Embassy Manila 
1201 Roxas Boulevard 
Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000 

Voter Assistance Events

Do you need assistance printing a ballot or envelope?  The U.S. Embassy in Manila will hold in-person overseas voter assistance events on October 14, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These events are open only to U.S. citizens who need assistance to print the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot and/or a postage-paid envelope in which to mail a voted ballot to the United States.  To meet social distancing requirements designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, attendance will be strictly limited at each event. 

You must register in advance for one of the events.  Registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here to register by October 13, 2020.  We will send you an email confirming your registration; you must present this confirmation email (on your phone or printed copy) to be granted access to the Embassy.  You must wear a mask and face shield to enter the Embassy; hand sanitizer will be available for your use in the waiting room.

Please come prepared with the following information to help complete your voting materials:

1) Your voting residence address; and

2) your Social Security number or your U.S. state driver’s license or ID number.  

Embassy staff will be available to help you print ballot return and FWAB postage-paid return envelopes, and will accept your voted ballots – as long as they are signed and in sealed envelopes – for mailing to the United States. 

For more information voting from overseas, please see our website and the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.


For further information: 

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information. 
  •  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  •  Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  •  Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens:  Election Day is November 3 – Submit Your Ballots Now!
Voter Assistance Events in October

October 13, 2020

Calling all U.S. citizen voters – Election Day is November 3!  Submit or mail in your signed, voted ballot as soon as possible. Check www.FVAP.gov for information about ballot submission procedures and deadlines for your state.  If you are mailing your ballot via the U.S. Embassy in Manila, we recommend you drop if off or send it to us before October 15 to be sure it reaches your local election officials by your state’s ballot submission deadline.  We will accept ballots through Election Day. 

Drop-off:  

 -U.S. Embassy Manila’s public entrance from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays.  

-Veterans Affairs Manila Regional Office from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, except for U.S. and local holidays.  

Mail-in:   

American Citizen Services Unit (Consular) 
ATTN: Voter Information 
U.S. Embassy Manila 
1201 Roxas Boulevard 
Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000 

Voter Assistance Events

Do you need assistance printing a ballot or envelope?  The U.S. Embassy in Manila will hold in-person overseas voter assistance events on October 14, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These events are open only to U.S. citizens who need assistance to print the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot and/or a postage-paid envelope in which to mail a voted ballot to the United States.  To meet social distancing requirements designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, attendance will be strictly limited at each event. 

You must register in advance for one of the events.  Registration will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Click here to register by October 13, 2020.  We will send you an email confirming your registration; you must present this confirmation email (on your phone or printed copy) to be granted access to the Embassy.  You must wear a mask and face shield to enter the Embassy; hand sanitizer will be available for your use in the waiting room.

Please come prepared with the following information to help complete your voting materials:

1) Your voting residence address; and

2) your Social Security number or your U.S. state driver’s license or ID number.  Embassy staff will be available to help you print ballot return and FWAB postage-paid return envelopes, and will accept your voted ballots – as long as they are signed and in sealed envelopes – for mailing to the United States. 

For more information voting from overseas, please see our website and the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.


For further information: 

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information. 
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.
  •  Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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United States Embassy Manila, Philippines
Message for U.S. Citizens:  Federal Voting Assistance Program Town Halls 

October 16, 2020

 

CAST YOUR VOTE!

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is offering recurring virtual voting assistance via Zoom every week to provide direct support to overseas citizens. Voters can participate in any of the meetings and speak with an FVAP Voting Ambassador who can answer questions about absentee voting, including inquiries about the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) forms. Voters can also use the chat function to submit questions for the FVAP representatives. None of these sessions will be recorded nor will they be uploaded to social media. These office hours are intended to support voters who are not able to call during FVAP’s regular business hours.

The sessions will be held:

 Every Thursday at 9:00 AM Manila time

FVAP Representative: Deana

Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6590837720?pwd=S3crV1dqU2hab1BUOW1ZNi9DcVkxUT09

Meeting ID: 659 083 7720

Passcode: p564bw  

 

For more information about voting, click here and visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website.   

 


For further information:

·                                  See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information. 

·                                  Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

·                                  Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 5301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 5301-2000.

·                                  Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

·                                  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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