Tuesday, September 2, 2008

US Citizens Voting From the Philippines

Deadlines Nearing for Overseas Citizen and Military Voters to Request Absentee Ballots for the 2008 Presidential Election. WASHINGTON, D.C. August 27, 2008:

Voter registration and ballot request: U.S. overseas and military voters can accomplish these tasks simultaneously by filing out a single form that you can download from the Internet. Assistance to complete the form per state requirements, mailing addresses, deadline information and help desk services are all available at www.overseasvotef oundation. org. "Voters naturally associate Election Day with casting their ballots, forgetting that as overseas or military absentee voters they need to file their registration / ballot request paperwork each election year – usually 30 days in advance – to receive their absentee ballot," stated Chip Levengood, Chairman of Overseas Vote Foundation. "With the race as close as it is, this is another election year where overseas and military votes could make the difference. "Overseas Vote Foundation urges overseas and military absentee voters to file the registration / ballot request form as soon as possible. Timely filing qualifies voters to use the Federal Write - in Absentee Ballot in the event that their ballot is late. Further information: Overseas Vote Foundation is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization that provides easy-to-use online tools and services for U.S. voters residing overseas. These include: State-by-state automated voter registration Contact information for state and local election offices A Voter Help Desk and knowledgebase Charts with state election dates and deadlines A state-by-state list of options for sending election materials Upgraded Vote-Print-Mail ballot system for write-in ballots Special OVF rates for FedEx ballot return to the U.S. Links to nonpartisan organizations offering candidate information

Contact:
Overseas Vote Foundation mailto:susan@overseasvotef%20oundation.%20org
Susan Dzieduszycka - Suinat US Tel: +1 202 470 2480
Overseas Tel: +49 89 649 391 33

The Pew Charitable Trusts, “Make Voting Work program," http://www.pewtrusts.org/, a non-profit organization that works on improving public policy, informing the public and, stimulating civic life, is teaming with Overseas Vote Foundation to facilitate and simplify the overseas voting process. As part of their effort they are interested in hearing from overseas Americans who have had trouble getting their absentee ballots in time to vote from overseas, or other voting problems. If you have any information on this subject or personal experiences to share please contact them directly at: mailto:crace%40pewtrusts.org Please send your stories prior by September 1, 2008.

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