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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Information

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MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS

U.S. Embassy, Manila, The Philippines

 

January 10, 2014 

 

THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO AMERICAN CITIZENS IN THE PHILIPPINES. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. 

 

 Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad

  

The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens that now is the time to prepare for the 2014 elections.  All U.S. citizens should visit the web site for their state elections office to check on requirements regarding re-registering as an absentee voter and review any state-specific requirements related to voting.  Many states require that absentee voters re-register each year, and we advise U.S. citizens to get into the habit of completing a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) each January.

 

To start, go to www.FVAP.gov and click on the section for Overseas Citizen Voters.  You will be able to complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), print and sign the form then return it to your local election office in the United States. 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 by fax, be sure to include your fax number.

 

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.  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 specific information about voting from the Philippines, please go to http://manila.usembassy.gov/election2012page.html for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: States are no longer required to automatically send ballots to voters for an entire election cycle so everyone who wants to vote in U.S. elections from overseas should send in a new Federal Post Card Application in January of each year

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The Embassy is located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, Manila, Philippines and is open 0730-1600, Monday through Friday.  The Embassy's main telephone number is (+632) 301-2000.  U.S. citizens can dial this number and ask to be connected to the American Citizen Services (ACS) unit or with the Embassy Duty Officer (for calls outside of normal business hours).  You can also contact the ACS unit through email at [email protected] or through the Embassy Facebook page.  Please visit our website for information on all services offered by the ACS unit.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Philippines enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.Travel.State.GovSTEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for the Philippines, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for the Philippines.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.

 

 

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"If your state delivers ballots by fax, be sure to include your fax number."

 

I wonder what percentage of American citizens living in the Philippines have a FAX in their home...not many I would say. That is yesterday's technology, and it was never very good.

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Brucewayne

Maybe they think faxes are new technology in 3rd world countries?

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