Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The U.S. Embassy in Chile will mail your ballot for you-- 
With a tracking number!

Back home in the U.S, there are 435 House elections and 37 Senate elections this November. Several key races are very competitive, and the outcome could be determined by our vote. Just as we helped make a difference in the Obama Campaign.

Overseas votes will determine whether Senator Boxer (D-CA) wins reelection; whether Tarryl Clark (MN-06) beats Michele Bachmann and whether Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Jim Himes (CT-04) and Scott Murphy (NY-20) can once again count on the winning votes cast by our members.

There are estimations that less than 10% of voters know that they need to register and request their ballots. 

 MOVE Act - New U.S. Law Makes Voting Easier for U.S. Citizens Abroad
All states must make voter registration and absentee ballot applications available electronically, as well as General Election information.  Voters will be able to get their ballot by email or fax, or go to a state website where they can download a blank absentee ballot.

However: With the new MOVE Act, some States require that you register for every election.

Living in Chile? Need to vote? Need to register to receive your absentee ballot?  
Democrats Abroad Chile can help!

  1. Request your ballot at http://www.votefromabroad.org .
  2. The U.S. Embassy in Santiago will mail your ballot and give you a tracking number so you can follow the ballot while in route to your voting state. 
  • There are two options to get your ballot sent, in person or by mail. With either option you must please follow the instructions below:
  • Place your sealed official ballot in an envelope addressed to the Embassy of the U.S. in Chile Attention: DPO Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes Santiago, Chile. 
  • The official ballot should be put in another envelope, under separate cover, and include a letter that gives the Embassy your email or telephone number so they can give you your tracking number. There is no need to put the postage on your ballot.
  •  Your ballot must be sealed and signed. Note, that if your ballot is not sealed it will not be sent and deemed invalid.
  • You can take your ballot to the Embassy in person. Leave it with the DPO or send it by Chilean mail to the Embassy of the U.S. in Chile, Av. Andrés Bello 2800, Las Condes Santiago, Chile Andres Bello, Santiago.
Visit http://www.da-chile.org to get the link to your state’s election office where you can check on your registration.

Some states and territories let you check your voter registration status online.  Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program for a link to your state.

Learn more about voting overseas:

Democrats Abroad

New U.S. Law Makes Voting Easier for U.S. Citizens Abroad

Overseas Vote Foundation

1 comment:

  1. More Jobs or More Government?

    Incumbent Congressman Jim Himes is for the same type of command-and-control policies that have consistently led to low growth and high structural unemployment in Eastern Europe in the twentieth century and in Western Europe today. His only problem with pork-barrel stimulus is that there has not been enough of it. His only concern with the healthcare bill is that it did not go far enough. He voted to adjourn congress without addressing January’s massive tax hikes.

    The incumbent is for unlimited government. On his watch, he voted for a government that increased borrowing by a trillion dollars a year. His answer is always the same: more government. More taxes, more spending, more job-killing regulation.

    Challenger Dan Debicella is for policies conducive to economic growth such as replacing the pork-barrel stimulus with a payroll tax cut. He opposes all tax increases and intrusive regulation that stifles job creation.

    Dan is for a constitutionally limited government. He would cap the size of the federal government at 20% of our gross domestic product. He would force politicians to make trade-offs between competing priorities instead of always growing the size government. He would reduce the number of government employees.

    If Dan Debicella shares your beliefs and you want to help him advance those beliefs in congress, then you can do so here: http://www.40seats.com/ct4 . Both sides should be able to agree that your choice is clear and it is important. What kind of country do we want to live in? Do we want to continue down the current direction or do we think that there is a better way?