The 2020 American Election Season has begun

“Voting is a big part of our democracy. Many things in the country are decided by voting and elections. It’s, therefore, surprising that many people choose to stay away from the ballot; even though they could determine the future of the country.”  Norbert Juma

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE ~ Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens. The America Federal Election is in 2020; however, many states are holding their primaries within the next 90 days:

February 2020 – 60 Day Notice
February 11: New Hampshire
February 29: South Carolina (Presidential-Democratic Only)

March 2020 – 90 Day Notice:
March 3: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia

March 10: Idaho, Mississippi, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington

March 17: Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Please note:  Due to the fact that you should request your primary ballot from the above states before December 31, 2019, it is recommended that you send in a second ballot request after January 1, 2020 to ensure you will receive ballots for all other elections in 2020.

If you want to speak up and be heard, now is the time to register and request your Absentee BallotUS Citizens living outside the country, and their return is uncertain, are allowed to vote in Federal Elections for President, Congress, and Senate. Currently there are almost 9 million Americans living abroad. We vote using our last address in America.

In some states, U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and were born abroad, but have never resided in the United States, are eligible to vote absentee. If your state is not listed please contact your election officials. The following states allow these citizens to vote absentee:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Every state is different, some allow return of ballot via a phone app or email.  Many states require voters to “snail mail” their ballots.  International mail might take time and is not always dependable.  Recently it took 2 weeks for express mail from Israel to Milwaukee at a cost of 95nis ($27.29).  What if it was your ballot and you missed your state’s election?  YOUR voice would have been silent.

Whether you’re a seasoned voter or a first timer, it’s important to keep track of state deadlines and requirements. Prepare well ahead of Election Day by learning how to register, updating existing registrations, keeping in mind what types of identification are required, and finding answers to common questions about voting in the U.S.

Don’t wait until the last minute, register today.  By voting, you can HIRE or FIRE elected officials. The choice is yours; shall you speak up or allow others to speak for you? https://www.nass.org/can-I-vote   https://www.fvap.gov

About the Author
Andee Goldman moved to Israel in 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, she has volunteered helping American overseas to vote in America's Federal Elections. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE https://www.nass.org/can-I-vote Andee is available to answer your voting questions at votingfromabroad@gmail.com As an Israeli, she has become a history buff and enjoys sharing her experience and travels around Israel.
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