Americans Voting in The 2020 Elections!

Americans wishing to participate in the coming US Elections – including voting in the Presidential elections, are still eligible to do so, providing they act quickly. 

A complete overview, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available at www.Am-In.org/vote.

The process is both simple and straightforward:

1. Request a ballot by answering some questions at  www.VoteFromAbroad.org. Be sure to request that your ballot be sent to you via email/online. If you have not done so this year, please do so now!

2. Download and return the form generated in the registration process to your election official at the address provided and in the manner instructed.

 3. You will later receive a ballot by email. Please fill out the email ballot as required, then vote for the candidates and any propositions of your choosing before returning the ballot as instructed.

This can be done electronically (email, online, fax) for most states, so voters in those states have a bit of time. But twenty states require returning the ballot physically: they are AL, AR, CT, GA, ID, IL, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, NH, NY, OH, PA, SD, TN, TX, VT, and WI. 

A unique problem in this year’s election stems from the continuing pandemic and the lack of airmail service to the US from Indonesia and many other countries. Ballots can be sent via a US Consulate or in Bali via the US Consular Agency. This takes 4-6 weeks so. Please attend to this urgently so that your ballot arrives in time.

Alternatively, you can use the Indonesian Post Office Express Mail Service (EMS), DHL, or FedEx.  EMS is the least expensive at approximately Rp. 300,000 and takes 7-10 days for delivery to the US, where the envelope is then put in the US Postal System. For this, a minimum of 2 weeks is recommended.

DHL and FedEx may take 1-2 weeks but are considerably more expensive. 

As a final resort and if you did not receive your ballot in time, it is still possible to vote using a write-in ballot from the US government. The Write-in Ballot form is called an “FWAB – Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.” This can be prepared at the website www.VoteFromAbroad.org 

Detailed instructions including what candidates you can vote for and where to send the ballot are available at www.votefromabroad.org/fwab/

For complete details and answers to voting questions, visit www.Am-In.org/vote. This non-partisan website is built and operated by five US volunteers in Bali at their own expense and has no ads, no strings, and guaranteed privacy. This group is also ready to assist with any questions/problems that may arise. This even includes, in a pinch, providing voters in Bali with the necessary US postage stamps while supply lasts.

Both Republicans and Democrats are in absolute agreement that this year’s election is too important to miss. So please vote.

Valuable tips for voters:

Tip #1: If you need to scan or fax any part of your application, this can be done using a smartphone. For more information, see: www.Am-In.org/scan-fax

TIP #2: If you email or fax anything, you must include a cover sheet waiving your right to a secret ballot. If you need a concept for the cover letter, this is available at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/coversheet.pdf