America’s Primary race is very similar to horse racing. We are rounding the bend, and coming to the final turn-around before entering the home straight in the run to the finish line.  The various potential presidential candidates are jockeying for position to try and win their parties’ nominations to win their various conventions.  Democratic National Convention will be held July 25-28 in Philadelphia, with an expected 4765 delegates; while, some 2,472 delegates will attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18-21, 2016.

Will it be a photo finish or winning the race hands down?  If you are an American Expat, your citizenship guarantees YOU the right to vote throughout YOUR entire adulthood, regardless of residency. The stakes are high for domestic voters – Abortion, Crime, Economy, Education, Guns, Health Care, Immigration, and National Security; while, Expats are concerned about FATCA, Terrorism against Americans, Citizenship Taxation without Representation, and Medicare Part B penalty.

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Who are you rooting for?  The bets are high – will it be Cruz, Trump, Clinton, Sanders, or Kasich?

April, May, and June Primaries for Overseas Voters- deadlines      Date     State       Registration    Ballot Request    Ballot Return

April 19 New York Received by March 25, 2016 Received by April 12, 2016 Postmarked by*April 18, 2016, must be received by the 7th day after the election.
April 26 Conn Received by 5 PM, April 25th Received by April 25, 2016 Received by 8PM,  April 26, 2016
April 26 Delaware

 

By Mail: Postmark by April 11, 2016    By Email or Fax: Received by April 11, 2016 Request Mail Ballot: Received by 12 PM, April 22, 2016  Request Email/Online or Fax Ballot: Received by12 PM, April 25, 2016 Received by 8pm April 26, 2016
April 26 Maryland Postmark April 5, 2016 Request Mail Ballot: Received by  April 19, 2016   Request Email/Online or Fax Ballot: Received by April 22, 2016 Postmarked by *8 PM, April 26, 2016 – Ballots must be received by the 10th day after the election.
April 26 PA By Mail: Postmark by March 28th      By Email or Fax: Received by March 28, 2016 Received by April 25, 2016 Signed by*April 25, 2016 – Ballots must be received by 5:00 pm on the 7th day after the election.
April 26 Rhode Island

 

Not required Received by   4 PM,  April 5, 2016 Received by 8 PM, April 26, 2016
May 3 Indiana Received by      April 25, 2016 Request Mail Ballot: Received by April 25, 2016 Request Email/Online or Fax Ballot: Received by 12 PM,      May 2, 2016 Return by Email or Fax: Received by May 3, 2016.   Return by Mail: Postmarked by*May 3, 2016 Ballots must be received by 12:00 pm the 10th day after the election.
May 10 Nebraska (R) By Mail: Received by 6 PM, April 22, 2016     By Email or Fax: Received by 6 PM, April 29, 2016 Received by 4 PM, May 4, 2016 Received by 8 PM CT/ 7 PM MT,  May 10, 2016
May 10 W. Virginia Received by April 19, 2016 Received by May 4, 2016 Received by May 16, 2016
May 17 Kentucky (D) By Mail: Postmark by April 18, 2016 By Email or Fax: Received by April 18, 2016 Received by May 10, 2016 Received by 6 PM, May 17, 2016
May 17 Oregon By Mail: Postmark by April 26, 2016 By Email or Fax: Received by April 26, 2016 Request Mail Ballot: Received by May 12, 2016 Request Email/Online or Fax Ballot: Received by May 17, 2016 Received by 8 PM, May 17, 2016
May 24 WA (R) Received by  8 PM, May 24, 2016 Received by 8 PM, May 24, 2016 Return by Email or Fax: Received by 8 PM, May 24th.   Return by Mail: Signed by*8 PM, May 24, 2016 (Ballots must be received by the 13th day after primary elections)
June 7 California Return by Mail: Postmark by May 23, 2016 Return by Fax: Rec by May 23, 2016 Received by May 31, 2016 Return by Mail: Postmarked by*June 7, 2016   Return by Fax: Received by June 7, 2016
June 7 Montana Received by 8 PM, June 7, 2016 Received by 8 PM,  June 7, 2016 Return by Mail: Received by 8 PM, June 7th.   Return by Email or Fax: Sent by   8 PM, June 7, 2016 Must be sent by the day of the election and received by the 6th day after the election.
June 7 New Jersey By Mail: Received by   May 8, 2016 By Email or Fax: Received by June 3, 2016 By Mail: Received by  May 8, 2016 By Email or Fax: Received by June 3, 2016

 

Received by 8 PM, June 7, 2016
June 7 New Mexico Received by May 10, 2016 Received by June 3, 2016 Received by June 7, 2016
June 7 South Dakota Received by 5 PM, May 23, 2016 Received by  5 PM, June 6, 2016 Received by 7 PM, June 7, 2016
June 14 District of Columbia By Mail: Received by May 15, 2016 By Email or Fax: Received by May 16, 2016 Received by June 7, 2016 Received by   June 14, 2016
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Now that you have your program, enjoy the race. For your voting questions, Andee can be reached at votingfromabroad@gmail.com or for your Absentee Ballot Request go to www.overseasvote.org  Ballots are mailed out 45 days before the election.   If you do not receive your ballot within 30 days of the election, don’t worry. A Federal Write In Ballot FWAB is an alternative ballot for overseas and uniformed services voters whose ballots are late. If you want your vote to count, please mail early enough to account for mail delivery times.