In other words, on Friday I cast my vote for President, Senator and Congressman. But maybe I'll have to cast it again. Casting an absentee ballot from abroad is an interesting business. Not to mention the fact that every state is different!
Thursday night I received a phone call from a certain political organization I belong to located throughout Europe and the rest of the world. In fact, earlier in the day I had gone to the website www.votefromabroad.org as I realized I better get my act together if I wanted to vote in the Presidential election. So the phone call was timely, even if it did come in the midst of boiling the potatoes! I immediately got right on it!
The State of Connecticut is one of the easiest to organize casting one's absentee ballot. But it's still a funny old procedure. First I had to print off a request for a ballot from the town clerk of the town where I have an address. I then fax a copy of it with an appropriate covering letter to somewhere 'abroad' and this organization dates it and forwards it to the appropriate people in Connecticut. I must then send the hard copy of the request to the town clerk. When it is received I will be sent an official state ballot which I am to fill out and put in an envelope. This envelope is put into another envelope with a form which identifies me as a legitimate voter. I then mail this larger, all inclusive envelope to the town clerk in Connecticut.
But, I hear you ask -- what if you don't get the ballot back in time????? Which I might not because it's getting a bit close to election day for all this palaver to get done. Enter the Federal Election Ballot.
Along with the request forms from the State of Connecticut I downloaded and printed out this ballot. What you do is fill in the ballot with the name of the President/Vice President, Senator and Member of Congress. Then mail it to the Town Clerk and IF by chance your official state ballot doesn't make it in time, they will count the Federal Ballot.
After about half an hour or so figuring out the instructions, I had the requests for the State ballot, and the Federal ballot ready for posting and the following day mailed them.
So I guess you could say I've voted -- unless I haven't!