News for Americans Abroad

AMERICANS CITIZENS ABROAD - by Dale Finlayson

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Have you signed up to vote in what is developing as a very important midterm election? U.S. citizens living overseas have the right to vote in all U.S. federal elections, but you must re-register for every election. Voting in federal (as opposed to state) elections will not involve you in any requirement to pay state taxes; voting for state offices, on the other hand, may require you to file a state tax return in addition to the federal return that all U.S. persons must file.


Registering online to vote is easy. One site is the Overseas Vote Foundation’s tool that allows you to complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in just 10 minutes. You can type directly on the FPCA and then print the completed form, sign and mail it to the County Clerk of your registration district. This tool is non-partisan and your data will not be saved. As you fill it in, make sure you look at the overseas voting rules for your state, which are available on the site. This voter registration tool is available at:
http://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/


Information is also available on the Federal Voter Assistance Program website, which is recommended by FAWCO:
http://fvap.gov/


You can download and print a registration and ballot request form (FPCA), fill it in and post it to your county clerk’s office. You must also look up the information on your state requirements. To do so click on your voting state at:
http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/vag.html


Another useful tool, should you wish to use it, that of Democrats Abroad, also makes the process of registration easy. Go to:
www.votefromabroad.org

 

 

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