Question for Americans:Voting?

I am presently in NYC reading your comments and those of the NYT*s Book Review on the life of Noel Field," A True Believer".I was struck by the last sentence in the review by Kati Marton," His life is a window on the delusion and narcissism that fuel the self-radicalization of any era".
In my view many of your comments and posts fit such a description as well.
This is VOTING WEEK for the 25,000 US citizens in Argentina.
U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina
Message for U.S. Citizens
Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots
5 October 2016

Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States. The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8. U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2016 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.

Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice.


The final date to return your paper ballot to your local election officials by election day for free via the U.S. embassy is October 19, 2016. If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have a friend or colleague drop it off for you, place it in either a postage-paid envelope or envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials

If you wish to drop your FPCA or ballot at the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires for mailing, please fill out and seal your voting materials per the instructions located at Insert your materials in the postage-paid envelope located here, address it to your local election officials, and drop it at the U.S. embassy at the gate located on Cerviño 4320, Monday through Friday 8am-6pm.

Missed the U.S. embassy shipment deadline? Consider returning your ballot to the United States via an express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL; or electronically if allowed by your state. Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 8 prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax. If you have previously registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot but it has not yet arrived the following states allow voters to use email or fax to send signed, voted Federal Write-in Absentee Ballots to local election officials: Alaska (fax only), Arizona (contact election official first), Arkansas (fax only), Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida (fax only), Hawaii (fax only), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana (fax only), Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska (fax only paper copy must also be mailed), Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma (fax only), Oregon (paper copy must also be mailed), Rhode Island (fax only), South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. Review your state’s voting procedures at carefully for guidance.

Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Argentina's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING. Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot.

Need help? If you need assistance filling out your voting materials, you must request an appointment to enter the Embassy. Please click here to make an appointment for a “notarial or other service”. You may contact the Embassy by email if you are having difficulty securing an appointment.

Have Questions? Please contact U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires Voting Assistance Officer at You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at
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There are state elections in 2017 for some of us. Just received an email from American Citizens Services at the Embassy.

Here is a list of states and election dates:

[font='Arial'']Submit a Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Today to Ensure You Can Participate in 2017 Special Elections[/font]

[font='Arial'']Just voted in November? Still living away from home? You should register and request your absentee ballot to vote again in 2017 to ensure your election office knows where to send your ballot for any upcoming special elections for federal office. Additionally, many States are holding gubernatorial or other statewide elections this year. [/font]

[font='Arial'']The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) recommends all overseas citizens send in a completed Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), the registration and ballot request form accepted by all States and territories, early every year.[/font]

[font='Arial'']You can use the FPCA online assistant at to complete the form. [/font]
I just received this email from American Citizen Services at the US Embassy about voting in 2018. My ballot request is already on its way to Illinois via the diplomatic pouch. I hand-delivered my ballot request to the Cervino entrance of the Embassy last week, instead of mailing it or giving it to someone returning to the US.

Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.​

Follow a few simple steps to make sure that you can vote in the 2018 U.S. elections:

1. Request Your Ballot: Complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). You must complete a new FPCA to ensure you receive your ballot for the 2018 elections. The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. (Check with your state’s elections officials about voting in local elections.)

You can complete the FPCA online at The online voting assistant will ask you questions specific to your state. We encourage you to choose the option to have your blank ballots delivered to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Include your email address on your FPCA to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. Return the FPCA per the instructions on the website. will tell you if your state allows the FPCA to be returned electronically or if you must submit a paper copy with original signature. If you must return a paper version, please see below for mailing options.

2. Receive and Complete Your Ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. For most states, you can confirm your registration and ballot delivery online.

3. Return Your Completed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot by email or fax. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials, you can use international mail, a courier service such as FedEx or DHL, or you may drop off completed voting materials at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm on Av Cerviño 4320. Place your materials in a postage paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials.

4. New this year – email to fax service by FVAP! - the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) will provide an email-to-fax conversion service for voters who have difficulty sending election materials to States that do not accept emailed documents. Get more information here.

Researching the Candidates and Issues: Online Resources. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts ( FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebookand Twitter.

Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website, If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires Voting Assistance Officer at

Remember, your vote counts!
Be absent but accounted for!