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Vote by E-mail in Some States

Some US States confirm that registered voters will be able to vote in the 2020 US Elections by e-mail

Published on August 25, 2020

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A number of States have confirmed that they will accept ballots by e-mail, in a move which could prove particularly helpful for overseas American voters.

Concerns have been raised in recent weeks about the capacity of the US Postal Service to handle the expected rise in mail in ballots in the lead up to the 2020 US Elections, and although USPS has moved to address those concerns, disruption in international mail continues to highlight potential problems for overseas voters.

According to the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Programme (FVAP), voters living outside of America can submit their ballots online for the District of Colombia, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia. Democrats Abroad also recently indicated that e-mail votes could also be possible for those voting for Rhode Island and Vermont. Other States, like Alaska, also accept fax votes.

The provision to e-mail in a ballot could prove helpful to overseas Americans, particularly those residing in countries where international mail has been substantially disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you haven't yet registered to vote, you also still have time to complete a Federal Post Card Application, although this needs to be completed as soon as possible.

For further information on voting overseas in the upcoming US Elections, go to www.fvap.gov

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