14 October 2012

Absentee Ballot: Voting Abroad

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK


I just voted today
for the next US President
Yay!


All Americans recognize this sticker
given to voters at polling places
[source]


Months ago
I went to the US Embassy website,
clicked on my home state
and applied for an absentee ballot

Each state has their own process
My state offers an online ballot option
with all of its amendments and referendums too

My ballot was emailed to me,
and the 'open sesame' of security
were my numbers
(date of birth plus social security or drivers license number)

I researched the issues
and started checking boxes (bubbles, actually)
to cast my vote

Then in typical American customer service oriented fashion,
I was surveyed as to how satisfied I was with the process

Very

I printed my bubble-answered ballot in English and Spanish
and it will be dropped in the US Post by a traveling friend
(I could do from here, but would take longer)

Easy peasy

I admit it has been nice to be removed from all the political hubbub
this time around

Now, if only we could figure out how to renew a drivers licence
without a US address...

16 comments:

Sunray Gardens said...

Glad to see people doing their voting. It's interesting to see those elsewhere make the effort though.
Cher Sunray Gardens

miss b said...

Seems like a straightforward process and those cute stickers are a good idea.
www.missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk

Pom Pom said...

Good for you!
It's coming up so soon! I'll be happy when the political posturing is over, or at least when it slows down a bit.

ann said...

We will vote absentee as well. We will all be relieved when the political ads disappear. This is a very important election this time around, so every vote counts. And how does one renew a diver's license? Is yours good in England?

TexWisGirl said...

thank you for voting!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

The US license is only good here for one year - so I did take the 3-part test and now have a UK license. However, without a renewed US license we have to pay extra when renting a car in the US with a foreign (UK) license...

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I must say I agree I haven't miss being quite as exposed to all the nastiness of this years politics. Facebook has filled those shoes enough. I need to post my vote this week and my next goal..the drivers license..ugh! I'm nervous. Have a wonderful week Laura.
Cheers from Aberdeen : )

Dumbwit Tellher said...

'missed'! sorry for the typos! : ) Deb

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Good luck on the UK driver's license - it is a right of passage ;)

myletterstoemily said...

well done! i hope the rest of us will
be that patriotic!

greenthumb said...

I remember doing that when I lived in the UK, but had to go into Australia House bake then.

helen tilston said...

Good for you to cast your ballot. You are fortunate to be away from the political rhetoric. It is quite unpleasant. Good luck with your license

Helen

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Good for you!

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello Laura,
Thank you for visiting us and following Red Rose Alley. Your blog is very charming, and I see you like Photography too. I was looking at the Highgrove photos....so beautiful. I noticed the bloggers tea and smiled, as many of them are my bloggy friends too. I hope you visit us again soon. Oh by the way, I was a happy homemaker for many many years. It was a special time for me and I have so many lasting memories. Have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Priscilla said...

I'll ask my a
Daughter. She renewed here's when she lived in Switerland. I never got a GB license when we lived there, so maybe it will be different for you.

Karen said...

Hi Laura...glad to hear you voted and about how you have to go about it living over there.
Have a happy rest of your week!
Karen