Rock the vote from anywhere in the world

August 3, 2016

Imagine your first month abroad: you arrive, you’ve got a million things going on — places to go, sights to see, people to meet, food to eat — so registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot just isn’t on your list. We know exactly how that feels, which is why we’re here.

 

by Andrea Parra & Stephen Read
UCEAP alumni from Madrid & Rome

We hear you’re about to embark on one of the best experiences of your life! We just came back from ours. If you’re like us, you know how important the upcoming election is. Before we left the U.S., we hadn’t done much research on the process to vote from abroad.

In case you were not aware, yes, you can vote from abroad! Awesome, right? We thought so, too. Here are a few simple steps to vote.

 

1. Register and Request a Ballot

Mailing Deadline: October 24, 2016

Rock the Vote has a convenient website to help you register and request your ballot. To get your ballot, you have to know your residential address abroad.

You’ll be asked a series of questions that makes filling in the form a breeze and the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is generated for you to print, sign and mail. A prepaid U.S. postage label addressed to your local election official (the person responsible for sending you your ballot) is also printed. You’ll have to add the additional postage if you’re abroad. Watch this video for a 3-minute overview of the process.

 
Rock the vote from anywhere in the world

 

2. Vote and Mail your Ballot

Mailing Deadline: November 8, 2016

Once you’ve sent back your FPCA, you can verify your voter registration status with your local elections office. After this, you can expect your ballot to be mailed to your current address abroad so you can participate in the upcoming election! Be sure to mail your ballot early enough to account for mail delivery times.

 

3. Get help if you need it

Got questions? Message the helpful admins on our Facebook group for a quick response.

Some frequently asked questions and answers include:

  • Federal Postcard Application — works as both a voter registration form and a ballot request form
  • US Address — the last place you lived; either your home address, or at school
  • Current Address — where you’ll stay abroad; this is where your ballot will be sent
  • Email Option — USE IT! It’s faster and more convenient
  • ID Number — your state driver’s license number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security
  • Party Preference — required to vote in closed primaries, otherwise not necessary
  • Ballot Return — even if you email your ballot, you’ll need to print, sign and mail it
In case you were not aware, you can vote in the upcoming US election from abroad! Awesome, right? Here are a few simple steps to register and vote.
In case you were not aware, you can vote in the upcoming US election from abroad! Awesome, right? Here are a few simple steps to register and vote.
In case you were not aware, you can vote in the upcoming US election from abroad! Awesome, right? Here are a few simple steps to register and vote.
In case you were not aware, you can vote in the upcoming US election from abroad! Awesome, right? Here are a few simple steps to register and vote.
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ANDREA PARRA

Study Abroad Program: European Transformations -
Rome to Madrid Semester with Internship

Other Countries Visited: Switzerland, France, Germany, Portugal, Denmark
Home University: UC Riverside
Major: Public Policy and Anthropology
Year: Senior (Graduating Spring 2017)

Andrea Parra is a rising 5th year pursuing health and education policy and cultural anthropology at UC Riverside. She loves to travel, attend music festivals and try local foods! Her free spirit always leads her to new adventures in different cities. In her free time, she likes visiting her dog at home and attempting to recreate recipes from Pinterest.

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STEPHEN READ

Study Abroad Program: European Transformations -
Rome to Madrid Semester with Internship

Other Countries Visited: Greece, Portugal, Morocco, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Croatia, Ireland, England, the Netherlands
Home University: UC Santa Barbara
Major: Political Science and Environmental Studies
Year: Senior (Graduating Spring 2017)

Stephen Read is a senior studying political science and environmental studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is a native San Franciscan and a huge fan of Bay Area sports. His hobbies include road trips, camping, hiking, photography and cooking.

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