RAO Davao City

United States Military Retiree Activities Office Davao City, Philippines


Posted by Service Officer on July 24th, 2008


Overseas American citizens are eligible to participate in presidential and state primary elections, run-off elections and special elections that occur throughout the year, as well as the general elections in November 2008. You are strongly encouraged to register to vote and request your absentee ballot early! The official U.S. Government website for overseas absentee voting assistance is the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at www.fvap.gov. It has a wealth of information about absentee voting including: downloadable absentee ballot applications and write-in ballots, state specific instructions for completing the form, links to state and local officials, and a downloadable emergency ballot to use when requested materials fail to arrive in time. The Basic Absentee Voting Process procedure is:

1.) Complete an application form and send it to local election officials in the U.S.

2.) The local official approves your request or contacts you for further information.

3.) The local official sends you an absentee ballot.

4.) You vote the ballot and send it back in time to meet your state’s deadline.

To register to vote and request an absentee ballot you can fill out the paper form available at the American Citizen Services (ACS) section of the U.S. Embassy, or download the Federal Post Card Application at http://fvap.gov/pubs/fpca.html. Fill it out and send it in, following the guidelines for your state. Each state establishes voting procedures, and so requirements across the country vary. It is important to be aware of your state’s deadlines for registration. Specific information about your state’s procedures and a complete 2008 election calendar are available at http://fvap.gov. There may be last minute changes to your state’s voting calendar, procedures or deadlines. When these occur, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will issue a News Release. To add your name to the distribution list for News Releases, send an e-mail to vote@fvap.ncr.go For further information you can also contact the FVAP via Email: vote@fvap.ncr.gov. [Source: ACS Manila Newsletter Jul 08 ++]

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