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    MESSAGE FOR U.S. CITIZENS
    2012 ELECTION CYCLE BEGINS NOW

    Be an active voter. Start thinking about your participation in the U.S. 2012 elections today!



    The Consular Section staff at the U.S. Embassy in Managua is ready to assist with completing your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) -- the form you need to complete this year to participate in the 2012 elections as an overseas absentee voter. Our purpose is to inform and educate you about your voting rights, to ensure you are able to exercise your right to participate in elections for federal offices (President, Vice President, Senator, and Representative), and to assist you with voting in state or local elections, if allowed by your state.



    New absentee voting laws are in effect for the 2012 elections. You will no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request. All U.S. citizens outside the United States who want to vote by absentee ballot in the 2012 primary and general elections must complete a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every year if they wish to vote from abroad. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election. No matter what state you vote in, you can now ask your local election officials to provide your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). You can now also confirm your registration and ballot delivery on-line. Be sure to include your email address on the form to take advantage of the electronic ballot delivery option. This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive your ballot on time, and we strongly recommend every overseas voter take advantage of it. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website www.FVAP.gov.



    Beginning in January 2012, presidential primaries will be held in the states of New Hampshire (January 10), South Carolina (January 21), Florida (January 31), Missouri (February 7), Wisconsin (February 21), Arizona (February 28), and Michigan (February 28). Other states will follow throughout the spring and summer. Voter registration deadlines for primaries are as early as January 3, 2012. Note: Participation in party presidential caucuses by overseas voters is not protected by federal law and requires in-person attendance in most cases. If the party you are affiliated with selects presidential nominees by caucus in your state, contact state party officials for further information.



    You can obtain a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP's website <http://www.fvap.gov/FPCA/fpcachoice.html> . The FPCA is accepted by all local election officials in all U.S. states and territories. It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (presidential and state primaries, run-off, special, and the November general elections) during the course of the year. An online wizard will help you complete the form. Depending on your state's voting requirements, you then either send in the FPCA electronically or mail it to your local election officials. To mail it, print out the completed FPCA and the (U.S.) postage-paid envelope containing the address of your local election officials. If you bring in your forms or ballots to us we will mail them back home for you without you having to pay for international mail. If it's easier for you to use Nicaragua's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient postage and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery.



    Voters can submit forms and ballots to the consular section to be returned to the U.S. during American Citizen Services Information Hours between 1pm and 3pm Monday - Friday. Transit time is between 5-10 days so please plan ahead.



    Even if your state does not have a presidential primary in the early months of 2012, it is important that you submit a new Federal Post Card Application this and every January to receive all absentee ballots for which you are eligible. By applying early, you also allow enough time for election officials to contact you and resolve any questions or problems with your registration/ballot request.

    Remember that your vote counts, and that many U.S. elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%. All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it's valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.

    Be an Educated Voter. 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 via numerous websites such as Project Smart Voter <http://www.votesmart.org> . You can also read national and hometown newspapers on-line, or search the Internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP's Voting Alerts (vote@fvap.gov). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/DoDFVAP> and Twitter <http://twitter.com/FVAP> .

    If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Managua's Voting Assistance Officer at 2252-7161, or at VoteManagua@state.gov.
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    question..im a resident down here..i dont have a home state..when my parents passed away.i do everything from down here.i only have my nica address so dose that means i cannt vote in the pres. elections..and if i can..how would they count my vote

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    hi guys..i hate to keep complaining..but this is the hardest site i try to post on..im trying to copy this ..to send to a friend..before..u could click on the bar at the top of the page and copy it..now what only comes up is http://therealnicaragua.com/..how do u get the whole blog to copy..have a happy new yr all..

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    Default Re: Be an active voter.

    Quote Originally Posted by acc724 View Post
    question..im a resident down here..i dont have a home state..when my parents passed away.i do everything from down here.i only have my nica address so dose that means i cannt vote in the pres. elections..and if i can..how would they count my vote
    Before I just went to the Embassy and did it, now I am waiting a responce from my sister to use her mailing address as last home address. In it it will ask if you plan to return or not, how you wish to register, and give the last 4 digets of your SSN.

    I have not completed it yet, but I am surely going to as it cost me the last time some 300 dollars to make the trip to MGA.

    www.FVAP.gov.

    click that and it is all there...
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    thanks..opened it.. will read it..i have never missed voting in a pres. election..and would sort of like to keep my record going

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    Default Re: Be an active voter.

    If you have a US passport, why not use the address on that?

    Sorry about the URL thing. It reminds me, I need to work on changing the software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonh View Post
    If you have a US passport, why not use the address on that?

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    I don't remember having an address on mine, and I am not gone get up off my lazy butt right now and go look, it came from the Passport Center in Washington. Hell all I did was the Bearer sign here thing.

    Place and date of Birth it has and one of them new fancy mugg shots that glitters when ya move it like a Cracker Jack Toy.

    Damn, it could say Mayberry RFD for all I know right now.

    What the questionair did ask for was the # on a valid drivers lincese or the last 4 digits of the SSN# and date and place of birth, full name, current telephone # fax# secondary e-mail address... OH Crap that looking at it was from this morning, I can't remember that far back.
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    Could be. I don't feel like digging mine up right now either.

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