Follow these simple instructions. These instructions will allow you to simultaneously register to vote AND/OR to request an absentee ballot in one sitting!
1) Be near a printer or fax machine.
2) Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website and do this as soon as possible to ensure your absentee ballot request is processed before the election. (Date by which you should complete the process: October 1).
3) On the homepage, click the option, “For United States citizens who are living outside the U.S. for work, school or other reasons.”
4) Decide if you will register to vote at Tufts University in Medford, MA or if you will be registering to vote from your hometown. Select a state.
5) Select the option that says, “Register to Vote and/or Request Ballot” and then click “Get Started.”
6) If you are registering to vote at Tufts University – your voting address will be 389 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155 in Middlesex County.
7) If you are registering to vote from your hometown, enter the address where you physically LIVE, not where you receive your mail.
8 ) Complete the next steps.
9) When you arrive at the page that says: “Additional Information – General” and it asks you “Designate the period for which you want to receive ballots” – select: Next election for which I am eligible.
10) Download the PDF file and mail, fax, or email to the address listed on the form.
11) If you still have questions – please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other voting resources:
– Project Vote Smart (Nonpartisan, non-profit website with information on candidates and elected officials).
– Service Vote (A program of Youth Service America, provides young people with up-to-date news & information on the various races and defining issues).
– Mobilize (Mobilize.org is an all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase our civic engagement and political participation. We work to show young people how public policy impacts our lives, and more importantly – how we can impact public policy).
Bronwen Raff (Tufts in Alcalá, Spring 2012)