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The race is ON: American 2018 Midterm Election

If you're registered, but haven't received your ballot, you can still vote -- all the info you need to fulfill your civic duty

We’re in the home stretch!! November 6th will determine the fate of 435 Congress seats and 33 Senate seats. Voting from Overseas has become easier for Americans to vote in Federal Elections. There are approximately 3 million voting-age citizens living abroad with an estimated low voting rate of 6.9%, as compared to the 2016 General Election voting rate of approximately 72% for the domestic voters. By voting you can make a difference.

Overseas Vote is a Nonpartisan Voter Services for U.S. Citizens Overseas and Uniformed Services Members

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to G-d and his country. ” Samuel Adams

Midterms are important because whichever party holds the majority in Congress can set the national legislative agenda. Republicans currently have the majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, but are currently projected to lose the House.

Ballots have already been sent out. Are you registered and have not receive your ballot? No worries, Federal Write-In Ballot is available. The FWAB is an alternative ballot for overseas and uniformed services voters whose ballots are late. In some states, the FWAB can also be used as a voter registration form & ballot.

Since time is of the essence, any voting question you might have should be referred directly to your state since every state has their own voting laws that determine deadline for registration, return of ballot, and method of return to your election office. Useful voter information for your state:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Return Your Completed Ballot ASAPHow do I find the address to mail my form? You can look up election office addresses and contact information in the Election Official Directory.

Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax. Email address is usually provided with the ballot. If not, you can find your states contact information on Overseas Vote’s Election Official Directory. Don’t have a fax, but would like to fax your ballot? The Federal Voting Assistant Program now provides a “fax@fvap.gov” service.

Mailing your paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials ~ You can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL. Another option is the Embassy courier bag: You may drop-off completed voting materials in a postage paid return envelope or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.

  • US. Embassy in Jerusalem (14 David Flusser) Monday-Friday, 8:00 am –3:00 pm. Email: votejeursalem@state.gov
  • US. Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv (71 HaYarkon St.) Monday-Friday,12:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  In the Tel Aviv office after you clear security there is a box labeled “VOTE” in the breezeway to clearly drop –off your ballot and be on your way. Email: votetelaviv@state.gov It is highly recommended to return your ballots by October 15, 2018.

With the 2018 Midterm Election almost behind us, now is the time to make a note in your calendar: January 1, 2020, register to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. It will be an important election, so don’t wait until the last minute to register. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE. If you have any questions, contact Andee Goldman at votingfromabroad@gmail.com



About the Author
Andee Goldman moved to Israel in 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, she has volunteered with Overseas Vote; which offers online voting information for your state, candidate information, contact information for your local election office, absentee ballot request form with information on how to return, and much more. Andee is available to answer your voting questions at votingfromabroad@gmail.com
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