The ABS has helped hundreds of Americans participate in the democratic process. 

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On Nov. 8, Americans will elect 39 governors, 35 US Senators and all members of the House of Representatives. Photo: ABS volunteers register voters at Grengates School In Naucalpan de Juárez. 

For the November 8, 2022 mid-term elections we are ready to help you

 

 

Our experienced staff and volunteers trained with the Federal Voter Assistance Program. We work in cooperation with the United States Embassy Mexico City. The ABS provides one-on-one voter assistance by phone, email, Zoom, in-person at Christ Church and at public events.

 

All assistance is provided regardless of your political preference.

Register to vote and request an absentee ballot

 With just one form you can register to vote AND request your absentee ballot.

It's called the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), and it's recognized in all states and territories.

All you have to do is go to fvap.gov and follow the instructions.

In most states you can return the FPCA electronically by email or fax. If you don't have a fax machine you can email your FPCA to fax@fvap.gov and they will fax it for you.

FPCAs must be printed and mailed if you vote in AL, AR, NY. If you're registering to vote in ID, FL, SD, or WI you must also print and mail. For the most up-to-date information about your state got to fvap.gov.

You can drop the FPCA off at the US Embassy to be mailed (instructions). Or give The ABS a call to see if we can help.

You can find postage-paid envelopes at FVAP. Use a glue stick to adhere the postage to your own envelope. No staples or adhesive tape.

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Returning your ballot

When you receive your ballot, complete and return it immediately. Law requires that the ballot be ready 45 days before the election. If  you haven't received your ballot by September 27, 2022, contact your local election official as soon as possible.

You must print and mail your completed ballot if you vote in AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, MD, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, VA, VT, and WI.

 

In these states you have two choices:

 

1. Drop your completed ballot at the US Embassy (instructions). Pre-paid postage available here

2.  Ship it by overnight carrier such as UPS, FedEx, or DHL. Do not rely upon the Mexican postal system

Please feel free to contact The ABS to see if we're able to further assist.

 

Problem solving

The Federal Voting Assistance Program conducted a study after the 2020 election. 99.2% of all overseas ballots that were returned were counted. The closer to Election Day that a ballot is received, the more likely it is to be rejected. If you're having problems, follow the steps below. There is usually a solution.

 
Step 1: Contact your local election office (LEO)

In our experience most problems are minor and easy to resolve. Most LEOs we have contacted are eager to resolve issues.

 

If your LEO is unhelpful, go to Step 2

Step 2: Contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program in Washington DC.

FVAP maintains liaisons with every state election office. They are helpful and efficient.

Email: vote@fvap.gov

Toll Free from Mexico:

001 800 438 8683 (certain carriers only)

US Toll Free:

1-800-438-VOTE (8683)

Still no luck, go to Step 3.

Step 3: Use Google to find a voting rights organization in your state, or contact a political campaign or a state political party.

Remember, at any step along the way, you can ask The ABS for assistance.