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Democrats Abroad Starts Nonpartisan GOTV Drive


By Alexis White

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, July 28, the San Miguel de Allende chapter of Democrats Abroad begins its Get Out The Vote (GOTV) summer drive, which will take place through August 11. This is a nonpartisan effort available to all American citizens who are at least 18 and living overseas, full or part-time, during an election cycle. There will be four voter registration venues designated for American citizens living abroad.

Of these four venues, three are located in Centro and one is located at the La Luciérnaga mall. On Saturdays, July 28 through August 11, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm, the GOTV tables will be located in the rear of the Mercado Sano/TOSMA parking garage (around the “vegetable area”). Mondays through Fridays from July 30 through August 3 and again from August 6 through August 10, the tables will be set up from 10am to 2pm at La Conexión’s Aldama 3 office, and from noon to 4pm in the courtyard at the Biblioteca on Insurgentes 25. Mondays through Thursdays, July 30 to August 2 and again from August 6 through August 9, you can register at La Luciérnaga between 10am and 2pm. Volunteers will be located by the US Consular office.

Trained volunteer staff will be on hand to answer questions and guide you through the registration process. They will have the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request forms on hand and the official Federal Voting Assistance Program book that provides contact information for your local election office.

Your local office is determined by the last address at which you voted, regardless of whether or not you have lived there in recent times or eons ago. That office uses the information you fill out to determine if you meet the state’s registration requirements, which election materials to send you, and where and how to send the ballot. (Based on your preference, it could be sent by mail, email, online, or by fax.)

Do you know that, with a corresponding FPCA form on file, your ballot is protected on a federal level? Persons who have been routinely voting by an absentee ballot sent from their local election board/office may have their vote challenged in a recount should there be a close election. We urge you to visit one of the GOTV venues or go online to and complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) there.


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