Still time to cast an absentee ballot for US midterm elections

first_imgRelated posts:US expats in Costa Rica can vote in person for presidential primary Expats ‘feel the Bern’ as Democrat Global Primary kicks off in Costa Rica Canadian expats in Costa Rica hope to regain right to vote Bernie Sanders ‘wins’ Costa Rica in Democrats Global Primary U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica have likely enjoyed the perk of avoiding the deluge of political ads during the runup to the midterm elections this fall. But just because you didn’t have to suffer through the campaign season doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to vote. With just under two months to go until the Nov. 4 midterm elections, U.S. expats still have time to register and cast an absentee ballot.That is, unless you’ve renounced your U.S. citizenship.This November, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs along with Senate seats in 36 states. The Senate is especially competitive this fall with several close races or outright toss-ups. Democrats in the upper chamber hold a slim lead of 53 seats to the 45 held by Republican senators. The two independents in the Senate both caucus with the Democrats.Voters can register and request an absentee ballot online by filling out a Federal Post Card Application at the Federal Voting Assistance Program website, www.fvap.gov. Registration deadlines in many states start in early October. Many states recommend submitting your ballot within four weeks of the election for overseas residents, but ballots can often be accepted up to the day of the election. Click here for an overview of voting abroad and click on your state for deadlines and eligibility for state and local elections.Keep in mind that snail mail is not the only option. Depending on the state, registration can be received by email or fax.David Truslow, chair of Democrats Abroad in Costa Rica, shared with The Tico Times some of the frequent questions and misconceptions people have about voting abroad.Truslow said many U.S. expats don’t remember where they were last registered to vote. Overseas voters should use their most recent address in the U.S. on the ballot request form. He recommended looking up the zip code online before getting started. Voters can also re-register from abroad as long as they have an address in the U.S. from a friend or family member.The Democrats Abroad leader warned that expat voters should be careful about what box they check when asked about their intention to return to the United States. “Many expats don’t plan on returning, that’s why they’re expats,” Truslow said. “But some voting districts might throw out your ballot if you say you have no intention of returning to the U.S.” Truslow suggested voters at least mark that they one day plan to repatriate to be certain that their vote gets counted.Truslow added that even if someone isn’t familiar with the candidates, they can submit a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot and simply select their party preference in the Addendum section. Party-minded voters could save time and submit the FWAB alone.In 2008, comedian Al Franken won his Senate seat against incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman thanks to a recount of absentee ballots. And let’s not forgot the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential election. Living abroad has its perks, but it doesn’t mean having to give up the right to vote. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories “It’s huge,” said head coach Bruce Arians. “Having such a good spring and fall camp, and then to lose him for that amount of time was tough. He’s another added dimension that we need.”Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said Housler creates problems for the opposing defense and that the whole offense will benefit from his presence.“Rob is one of the fastest tight ends in the game and he creates tremendous matchup issues up the seams,” Fitzgerald added. “Having that added dimension is only going to make us stronger. I’m really happy to have him back.”Housler, who’s in his third year out of Florida Atlantic University, led Cardinals’ tight ends in receptions in 2012 with 45 that resulted in 417 yards. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.46 seconds at the 2011 NFL Combine. Another person that is excited for Housler’s return is offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin, who now gets to use the tight end’s speed and size in the team’s game plan. “Obviously he’s going to be a huge plus for us having him out there,” Goodwin said. “They’ve got to match up against him. He’s a tight end with speed, wide receiver type speed, so defensively they’re going to have to do something. If they don’t, he’s going to have a huge day.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Saints have defended well against tight ends so far this season, allowing just four receptions for 70 yards, so it appears Housler may have his work cut out for him. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Though the Arizona Cardinals offense has already shown improvement over last year, they’re excited to add back tight end Rob Housler, who they feel will help take them to the next level.Housler was penciled in as the starter at TE before he suffered a high ankle sprain in the team’s third preseason game. He had an impressive camp leading up to the injury and the Cardinals had high expectations for him this season. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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