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    U.S. Consulate in Recife, BrazilĀ  Message for U.S. Citizens Completing and Returning Absentee Ballots 2 October 2012 Absentee ballots already delivered to
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      U.S. Consulate in Recife, Brazil 

      Message for U.S. Citizens

      Completing and Returning Absentee Ballots

      2 October 2012


      Absentee ballots already delivered to overseas voters.  Every U.S.
      citizen who requested an absentee ballot and selected the fax or email
      delivery option should have it by now.  Please vote and take steps to
      return your voted ballot promptly so your vote will count.  See
      instructions below.



      Returning your ballot by mail.  Place your voted ballot in a U.S.
      postage-paid envelope containing the address of your local election
      officials.  Drop it off at the Consulate, and we'll send it back home
      for you without the need to pay international postage.  If you can't
      visit the Consulate in person, ask a friend or colleague drop it off for
      you.  If it's easier for you to use Brazil's postal system, be sure to
      affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for
      international mail delivery.  If time is tight, you may want to use a
      private courier service (e.g., FedEx, UPS, or DHL) to meet your state's
      ballot receipt deadline.



      If you wish to deliver your FPCA or ballot in person to the Consulate
      and have us mail it to your local election officials in the U.S., please
      come to the American Citizen Services Unit at Rua Goncalves Maia, 163
      Boa Vista, Recife during our public office hours, which are 12:30pm -
      4:00pm Monday
       - Friday.  You do not need to schedule an appointment to
      drop off your ballot.  Please note that it can take a month or more for
      mail sent from the Consulate to reach the United States.  



      Returning your ballot by email, fax, or upload.  Some states allow these
      options, but may also require you to still mail in the signed paper
      ballot.  Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website
      at www.FVAP.gov <http://www.FVAP.gov> .



      Haven't received your ballot yet?  Use the emergency write-in ballot.
      U.S. citizens who requested an absentee ballot but haven't received it
      should go to www.FVAP.gov <http://www.FVAP.gov>  to complete a Federal
      Write-in Absentee Ballot.  Follow the above guidance for returning your
      ballot.  If you later receive your regular absentee ballot, vote and
      return it immediately.  Local election officials will count just one
      ballot per voter, and will use the regular ballot if received by your
      state's ballot receipt deadline.



      Forgot to register or request an absentee ballot?  Act immediately!
      There are three options.



      Option #1:  Register and request a ballot today using the federal post
      card application at www.FVAP.gov.  Select the electronic ballot delivery
      option, include your email address (and fax number) and send it to local
      election officials in your state.  Almost every state lets you submit it
      by email or fax.  Once your application is processed they will send you
      your ballot via fax or email depending on your state.  Vote as soon as
      you receive the blank ballot.  Registration deadlines vary and some are
      as early as October 7, so check your state's requirements carefully.



      Option#2:  Follow the instructions in Option #1, but also complete and
      send in a Federal Write-in Ballot at the same time to make sure your
      vote is counted.  This option may be the best one for first-time voters
      if your state requires you to submit your Federal Post Card Application
      by mail.  Vote and submit your regular absentee ballot if/when it
      arrives.  Local election officials will count just one ballot per voter,
      and will use the regular ballot if it's received by the ballot receipt
      deadline.



      Option #3:  Voters from the following states can use the Federal
      Write-in Absentee Ballot as a combined voter registration form, absentee
      ballot request
      , and absentee ballot:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas,
      Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine,
      Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska,
      Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
      Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.  (NOTE:
      This form must reach your local election officials by your state's
      absentee ballot request deadline or voter registration deadline,
      whichever is first.)



      Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by mail.  Follow the
      guidance above for returning your ballot by mail.



      Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax.  The
      following states allow voters to email or fax their signed, voted
      Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots back to local election officials:
      Arizona, California (fax only), Colorado, Delaware, District of
      Columbia, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana,
      Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah,
      Washington, and West Virginia.  (NOTE:  see instructions at www.FVAP.gov
      for faxing or emailing your voted ballot.)



      Need help?  You can get in-person assistance from our Consulate Voting
      Assistance Officer. 

      Have Questions?  Please contact Recife's Voting Assistance Officer
      Monday through Friday from 12:30pm - 4:00pm at (55-81) 3416-3050, or at
      voterecife@....  

      Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.  Learn more at the
      Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov. 


      END U.S. CITIZEN MESSAGE




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