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Now's the time to register and request a ballot!

I've registered using

https://www.votefromabroad.org

for the last few elections and it's worked very well.

You don't have to have a current US address, just use your former address.

Don't leave it too late. I vote in Texas, and to cast a vote in the Democratic primary in March you have to be registered by the 3rd of February.

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... I vote in Texas, and to cast a vote in the Democratic primary in March you have to be registered by the 3rd of February.
To be totally safe, you probably also have to either live in Austin or out of the state

And, thanks for the reminder.

BTW, I live in Alameda County, California and they have managed to bring the absentee ballot process somewhat up-to-date. I received the following this week...
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Attention Military/Overseas voters!

Per your request, your Vote-by-Mail ballot(s) is available to download and print online!
The process is as easy.
1. Log-in: You must go to the Alameda County Registrar of Voter’s Voter Profile at:
2. https://www.acgov.org/rovmvp_app/mvp.do
3. Log-in by entering the required information: birthdate and driver’s license or the last four (4) digits of your social security number.
4. Access your ballot by clicking the tab labeled: ELECTION.
a. Within the ELECTION tab, click the button labeled ‘CLICK HERE TO ACCESS REMOTE ACCESSIBLE VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT.’
b. This is the new Remote Accessible Vote by Mail system
c. Follow all the instructions to successfully fill out and complete your ballot.
5. Make your vote count! Send to the Registrar of Voters your signed and completed Oath of Voter Form and Identification Envelope Form along with your voted ballot(s).
NOTE: PER THE UNIFORMED AND OVERSEAS CITIZENS ABSENTEE ACT (UOCAVA)
AND MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTER EMPOWERMENT (MOVE) GUIDELINES,
YOUR VOTED BALLOT(S) CAN ONLY BE RETURNED VIA MAIL OR FAX.

Voted ballots must be returned to our office on or before 8:00 PM on Election Day, March 3rd, 2020.
Mailing Address:
Registrar of Voters
1225 Fallon St. Rm G-1
Oakland, CA 94612
Or please fax all your required documents (Ballot(s), Oath of Voter Form, and Identification Envelope Form) to our office at (510) 470-7995 . All documents must be in our office no later than March 3rd, 2020 at 8:00 P.M. PST.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us at [email protected] or (510) 272-6973.


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To be totally safe, you probably also have to either live in Austin or out of the state

And, thanks for the reminder.
I was in Austin, by the way, but I'm under no illusion that my vote will make any difference whatsoever. I can't remember any US election I voted in where my candidate was chosen, but you have to vote, don't you?

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BTW, I live in Alameda County, California and they have managed to bring the absentee ballot process somewhat up-to-date. I received the following this week
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They've made it so easy to vote from overseas that it's a wonder why more 'expats' don't vote. In the past it hasn't mattered so much who was the US president, but this election is so important.
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At least you can vote. If I could still vote in Australia I would certainly not vote for the current government (not that I ever have at Federal, State or local government level), and like Noblesse in over 40 years the candidates I have voted for have never been elected - for some reason I have always found myself in one of those very strong blue ribbon conservative seats, but I agree it's really important not to let that stop you voting).
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Now's the time to register and request a ballot!

I've registered using

https://www.votefromabroad.org

for the last few elections and it's worked very well.

You don't have to have a current US address, just use your former address.

Don't leave it too late. I vote in Texas, and to cast a vote in the Democratic primary in March you have to be registered by the 3rd of February.
No idea what this Vote from Abroad organization is, but the "official" government organization for voting from overseas is this one: https://www.fvap.gov/ They have handled overseas voting for the US military for ages, and have been active in voter registration for civilians overseas for a long time now.

What is normally recommended is for those who wish to vote to register (or re-register) in the district where they had their last residence in the US before leaving early in the year of a Federal election. Preferably in January.

That will give you eligibility to vote in primaries as well as in the big November elections. You can also request your absentee ballots through the FVAP site.

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No idea what this Vote from Abroad organization is,

As it says at the bottom of their website: “Public Service provided by Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DemocratsAbroad.org).”


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As it says at the bottom of their website: “Public Service provided by Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DemocratsAbroad.org).”


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I found it this year via the Democrats Abroad website, which was the first result on Google when I searched for 'voting in Texas Democratic primary'. The Republicans Abroad may use it too.

In any case, it's easy to use and works, at least it did the last time I used it. And I've already had a confirmatory email.
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OK, Democrats Abroad have long been far more visible and active abroad than the "other" party. So, it sounds like you're in good hands.

I'm just so used to the local expat groups working with and through FVAP.

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No idea what this Vote from Abroad organization is...
Vote From Abroad is a "non-partisan" platform (provided by DemocratsAbroad.org) that helps US citizens vote from abroad by producing the necessary Federal forms.

It's like the United Auto Workers, or the NRA, or the League Of Women Voters, providing a facility for voter registration.

Sure, they have an agenda to get Democrats to register and vote, but the process does not discriminate.
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Sounds like it's basically the same sort of organization that FVAP is - other than the military origins and semi-official government status.

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