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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

Florida voter here. I requested my absentee via email, and will receive the ballot also via email, and will then send it in via email.

The downside to this is that I have to waive my right to private voting. However, the Palm Beach County website allows me to track my absentee ballot and see when / if it was counted.

melloncollie, I had the same problem as you in 2016. It really bummed me out given the results! So this time I decided to try via email. We'll see how it works!
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Old 21.08.2020, 08:19
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

BBC reporting today that US domestic mailings of prescription drugs have been delayed in excess of two weeks recently.
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Old 21.08.2020, 16:33
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Carrier pigeon.

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Fly over.



Isn't that what fly-over country means?
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Old 21.08.2020, 21:10
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

I had another thought on the FedEx option. I was reading that about 20 states allow someone else to collect and deliver your ballot for you. Florida is definitely one, as that's how the Trumps voted.

If your state is one that allows this, your designated person could probably receive the ballot by FedEx and then drop it off at a dropbox or central location (as opposed to mail it).

Anyone wants me to check his or her specific state rules, let me know. But I'm not looking up every state just for giggles.
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Old 21.08.2020, 22:22
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Why bother? We all know Trump is going to "win"
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Old 21.08.2020, 22:31
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Why bother? We all know Trump is going to "win"
Actually, I think it more correct to say that Biden has already lost.

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Old 21.08.2020, 23:00
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

Cant you mail it to family in the US and have them hand deliver it to a polling station or whatever it is you guys do ?[
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Old 22.08.2020, 18:34
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Cant you mail it to family in the US and have them hand deliver it to a polling station or whatever it is you guys do ?[
Again, it's very much dependent upon state rules - not unlike cantonal differences here in CH. In short, there is no one answer that applies to all states.

Some states require that an absentee ballot has a postmark. Others accept that they're dropped off, even if by someone other than the elector. Others have even more detailed rules.

Wisconsin is an example of a complicated set of rules for voters, with different classifications of absentee voter depending on whether or not you intend to return. I'll spare you the details for now.

Voters who live overseas but who are classified as regular absentee voters cannot receive ballots by fax or email. The ballot comes via the post, but it can be returned either via the post or in person. This type of ballot could be mailed to a friend or family member.

Voters who live overseas and who are classified as overseas voters can receive ballots via email, but the statute says those ballots must be mailed by the voter directly to the municipal clerk. If they're returned in any other manner then they're rejected. Thus mailing to your friend or family member would invalidate the ballot.

Not related to any specific state:
Anyone who is registered as indefinitely overseas can also use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB), but please note that the rule for returning this ballot specifies that if you're not military you must mail the ballot from overseas. From UOCAVA: "A Federal write-in absentee ballot of an...overseas voter shall not be counted...if the ballot is submitted from any location in the United States." Thus this ballot also would be rejected if you sent to a friend or family member.

Looks like ennui is a lucky one, able to receive and return a ballot via email!

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Sorry for the long reply but one more thing I should have thought about earlier. At the moment most states haven't finalized their ballots for November, so nothing has been printed much less mailed out. Wisconsin just determined two days ago that Kanye will not be on their ballot. Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Rs, but that won't be official until the Convention next week.
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Old 22.08.2020, 19:56
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

If your state accepts fax, and you don‘t have a fax, you can do this:


(From fvap.gov)

What is the DoD Fax Service?

The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the FVAP Transmission Cover Sheet and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527 or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine, you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your state accepts your election materials by email, you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email-to-email transactions.
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Old 22.08.2020, 22:10
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AFAIK the Swiss Post has one in every office.
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Old 23.08.2020, 10:05
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Looks like ennui is a lucky one, able to receive and return a ballot via email!
And me too! (Love Washington State )

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At the moment most states haven't finalized their ballots for November, so nothing has been printed much less mailed out. Wisconsin just determined two days ago that Kanye will not be on their ballot. Trump is the presumptive nominee for the Rs, but that won't be official until the Convention next week.
I went on my state's website and they indicate that the ballot won't be mailed out until October 16th, so I assume that I won't be able to access my online ballot before then.

Link for those who care
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Old 23.08.2020, 10:37
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

For anyone voting in Cook County IL, I've just found the county's 'Your Voter Information Tool':
https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/serv...er-information

You can use this to check your registration as well as mail ballot status - when the application was received, when the ballot was mailed to you, when received by the county clerk, and something called 'Track My Ballot'. The last three are not active yet, so I'm not sure how much detail will be available.

I'll be checking in regularly.

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I have to give a shout-out to the Cook County Clerk's office and the Board of Elections - they seem to have made improvements in process and communication. As an overseas voter I at least feel la bit less 'out of the loop'.

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Now we just have to cross fingers and hope the games certain politicians have threatened to play don't hobble the USPS' ability to deliver the mail and my vote actually gets to the clerk's office.
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Old 24.08.2020, 10:34
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

Hopefully one of the necessary changes that should have been brought forward ( in pace with technological advances )
is voting online, maybe in the post Covid world that change can be put firmly back on the agenda, at least for Overseas voters.

As it beggars belief that we have all this multi-factor verification for accessing our bank & work accounts and yet the
same technology is deemed inappropriate for 'the vote'
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Old 24.08.2020, 19:10
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And me too! (Love Washington State )

I went on my state's website and they indicate that the ballot won't be mailed out until October 16th, so I assume that I won't be able to access my online ballot before then.

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That's the rule for voters that reside in Washington, which is why it's most prominent on the website. They don't want to confuse the majority of voters by mentioning different rules. You have to know how to dig deeper.

Washington statutes 29A.40.70 (2) - emphasis mine:
"Except where a recount or litigation is pending, the county auditor must mail ballots to each service and overseas voter at least thirty days before each special election, and at least forty-five days before each primary or general election, or any special election that involves federal office. A request for a ballot made by an overseas or service voter after that day must be processed immediately."

Based on that, I would assume your ballot should mailed no later than Friday, 18 Sept. The statues don't mention ballots being online/emailed, but to comply with the law I'd say the electronic ballot would also need to be available to you/emailed to you by that date.
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

So, registered mail is the recommended method? Isn't it terribly expensive? Last election when I had asked, I think I was quoted like 40 chf. I plan on mailing this weekend.
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Old 02.10.2020, 08:35
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So, registered mail is the recommended method? Isn't it terribly expensive? Last election when I had asked, I think I was quoted like 40 chf. I plan on mailing this weekend.
Did you get the mail from the US embassy on how to send your ballot back via the diplomatic pouch?

I don't want to post it here as I don't have their permission to do so, but I can PM the text to you if you'd like.

Murphy's law, I got the mail the day after I had already sent my ballot off via registered A Post mail.

<Rant: I had called the embassy some weeks earlier to ask about this option. The person who answered was incredibly brusk, said she did not have time to answer such questions, I should send mail, and hung up on me. I then sent mail asking about this option... and never received a reply. My tax dollars at work, eh?>

IIRC sending registered A post mail from Switzerland was something around 3-4 postage plus CHF 5 for the registered option, so around CHF 9.

I mailed my ballot on 21 Sept, according to my BoE's tracker it has still not arrived/been processed. Given that my primary ballot was returned as undeliverable, I am worried.
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So, registered mail is the recommended method? Isn't it terribly expensive? Last election when I had asked, I think I was quoted like 40 chf. I plan on mailing this weekend.
I sent mine via A Post.
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

Colorado can all be done via email. So that is what I already did. I received confirmation that my ballot was received. so hopefully all is good.
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

I mailed mine off a few days ago via Swiss Post. I sent it as registered mail and cost me 9.80 CHF. Not too bad really! Now I hope it will successfully navigate through the "complex" postal network and gets delivered. I have done my part - I Voted!
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Old 02.10.2020, 13:14
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Re: US Citizens: How are you sending back your ballots?

I had to mail my absentee request so I sent it via A-Post and I think it was around 9 Francs. The tracking on the Swiss Post website never showed it as delivered. I kept checking the state website but it said I didn't even exist. I eventually reached out to the county, who said oh yeah we got that a while ago but we apparently misspelled your name. It's all good now, got my email ballot and a stack of reading material on the issues.
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