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