Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Various Announcements

AmCham Taichung is hosting DPP Taichung mayoral candidate Lin Jia-lung, Tues, Sept 30, 6:30, Tempus Hotel. That's tonight.

The American Institute in Taiwan sent this around, click on READ MORE at bottom to see more:

Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week!

In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6. For some voters, this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 6. In order to vote in the November 2014 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)in 2014. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to ensure you are able to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.

If you have already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)in 2014 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will be receiving your blank ballot or instructions for how to access your ballot soon if you have not already received it. If you are not sure about the status of your absentee ballot request you should contact your local election officials in the United States or check the status of your registration via your state’s voter registration verification website.

ABSENTEE VOTING WEEK: September 29 – October 6

We encourage you to drop off your completed Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot for delivery to the United States via diplomatic pouch free of charge during this week. The American Citizen Services Section of AIT is happy to provide voter assistance and accept voted ballots and Federal Post Card Applications.

You can get voting assistance from AIT or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, during the following hours:

Monday thru Friday 8:15 to 11am

If you have never voted while overseas before, it’s not too late. The process is easy -- just follow these steps:

1. Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

Whether you are a first-time voter or have voted absentee in past elections, complete an FPCA to receive your ballot this fall. It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (presidential and state primaries, run-off, special, and the November general elections) during the course of the year in which you submit the FPCA. Local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.

The online voting assistant available at FVAP.gov is an easy way to complete the FPCA. It will ask you questions specific to your state and tell you if electronic ballot delivery is possible. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address to take advantage of electronic delivery. The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign.

2. Submit the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)

No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery online for most states.

If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can do so free of charge at AIT. They must be in either postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage and must also be addressed to the relevant local election officials. This service from AIT to your local election official can take 18-20 days. AIT will place a date stamp and AIT seal on your ballot as evidence of the date and location from which the ballot was mailed. However, this is not a postmark.

If it’s more convenient for you, you can have a friend or family member drop off your FPCA at AIT on your behalf or you can send your FPCA or ballot directly to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.

3. Receive Your Ballot

After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm online your registration and ballot delivery selection. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election for federal office(President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. House of Representatives) to any overseas U.S. citizen who has completed an FPCA.

4. Return Your Ballot

As with the FPCA, you can return your voted ballot to your local election officials free of charge via AIT or mail it directly at your own expense.

Your Vote Counts
Many U.S. elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%. All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline (differs by state).
Be an educated voter. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, and search the Internet to locate articles and information.
To receive information by email about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter.
If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact AIT’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteTaipei@state.gov.
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