May 25, 2013
Voting Day at US Embassy on October 4
A Voting-Day “special event” will be held at the US Embassy (Avenida Colombia 4300) on Thursday, October 4. All registered US voters in Argentina are invited to cast their votes from 9am to noon. US citizens must bring their passports; Embassy staff will be present to answer questions about absentee voting.
There are new absentee voting laws in effect for the 2012 elections. All US citizens outside the United States will no longer automatically receive ballots based on a previous absentee ballot request: instead, they 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. US citizens living abroad can now ask their local election officials (no matter what State they vote in) to provide them blank ballots electronically (by email, internet download, or fax). Registrations will be confirmed and ballots delivered electronically online.
So, on Thursday October 4 in Buenos Aires , those registered voters who have already received their absentee ballots will have the opportunity to cast their votes for both the presidential and local elections. Those who have not registered to vote can still visit the Federal Voting Assistance Programme’s website at www.fvap.gov to register and request their ballot from their home state. The Embassy is not providing absentee ballots from each state.
However, registered voters who don’t receive their absentee ballots in time can fill out a federal-only write-in ballot at the Embassy. And, those voters who can’t make it to the October 4 event may drop off their completed ballots at the Embassy (Window 15) any weekday from 8:30-noon and 2:30- 4pm.
“Every Election Day is a day for pride in the United States ”, said Consul-General Daniel Perrone to the Herald. “It is a special occasion to share and to celebrate”, he added while warmly inviting all US citizens for October 4 special voting event, where soft-drinks and snacks will be served. “In 2008, more than 800 American citizens came to the Embassy on voting day to cast their ballots,” consul Pe-rrone said in perfect Spanish. It is estimated that 25,000 US nationals live in Argentina.
— Herald staff