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Attention U.S. citizen voters in Belize #544339
08/20/20 11:31 AM
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Here’s how to return your signed and completed U.S. election ballot:

Reminder: some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically while others do not.

If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Belmopan Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).

The DPO provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.

If using the DPO, voting material can be dropped off at the front entrance of U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Floral Park Road. The hours of acceptance are Monday to Thursday 08:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m.

U.S. Embassy Belize

Re: Attention U.S. citizen voters in Belize [Re: Marty] #544849
09/11/20 05:45 AM
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Are you a U.S. citizen in Belize not sure how to vote in the November 2020 U.S. election? Here's a video about how to request a ballot and deliver it to U.S. Embassy Belmopan.

Questions? Write to [email protected]


Re: Attention U.S. citizen voters in Belize [Re: Marty] #544951
09/16/20 11:33 AM
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Alert – U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (11-Sep-2020)
Voting reminder for the 2020 U.S. Elections

Register to vote and request your absentee ballot at FVAP.gov now for this year’s elections:

The following states have elections in the next 90 days:

P- Presidential Primary; S- State Primary; D- District Primary; T- Territory Primary

Note: This information is current as of September 9, 2020. Election dates marked with an asterisk are updated and state-verified. As further changes may occur, please check the election calendars and state pages at FVAP.gov for real-time information.

September 2020:
September 15: Delaware (S)

There are currently no scheduled elections for federal office in October 2020

November 2020 - 60 Day Notice:
November 3: General Election

December 2020 - 90 Day Notice:
December 1: Arkansas (General Election Runoff)
December 5: Louisiana (General Election Runoff)

COVID-19 ELECTION UPDATE - FVAP is working closely with state election offices, the Military Postal Service Agency and other federal agencies to bring you up-to-date information on state election changes and mailing delays. Please visit FVAP.gov/COVID-19 for the latest information on any international postal disruptions or contact your installation military post office.

Here are some important things to remember:

1. Submitting your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) early is the best way to help ensure the absentee voting process goes as smoothly as possible.

2. The FPCA provides you, as Service members, and your eligible family members as well as any overseas citizens with an option to request your blank ballots be delivered to you electronically.

3. Submitting the FPCA allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) as a backup ballot, if needed.

To register to vote and request your ballot, fill out the FPCA using FVAP’s easy online assistant. You may also use the fillable PDF or pick up a hard copy version from a Voting Assistance Officer at U.S. Embassy Belmopan’s American Citizen Services Office.

FVAP recommends that all military members and their eligible family members, as well as U.S. citizens overseas, who are currently away from their voting jurisdictions or who have recently changed their address send in a new FPCA as soon as possible to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal office elections in this election year.

To find your state's election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit our contact page. You can also reach out directly to your election office for status updates on your registration and absentee ballot.

Returning Your Completed, Signed Ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Belmopan Diplomatic Post Office (DPO). The DPO provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in postage paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities. Voting material can be dropped off at the front entrance of U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Floral Park Road. The hours of acceptance are Monday to Thursday 08:00 a.m. to 14:00 p.m. DPO transit time from Belize to the United States is approximately four weeks. We advise all overseas U.S. citizens to submit their forms and ballots accordingly.

U.S. Embassy Belmopan urges that all U.S. citizens who plan to present their ballot for DPO mail comply with all restrictions imposed by the Government of Belize to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. These may include the mandatory use of masks in public, respecting curfew and quarantine requirements, and any restrictions on travel between districts. U.S. citizens should also be aware that the DPO may close unexpectedly, and the hours, and location, to drop off completed ballots may change.

If you would like more information on the Federal Voting Assistance Program, or need help with the absentee voting process, please go to FVAP.gov or call 703-588-1584 (toll free 1-800-438-VOTE or DSN 425-1584) or email ([email protected]).

Assistance:
• U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize
o Floral Park Road, Belmopan, Cayo, Belize
o +501 822-4011
o [email protected] or [email protected]
o https://bz.usembassy.gov/
• State Department - Consular Affairs
o 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
• Belize Country Information
• Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
• Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Re: Attention U.S. citizen voters in Belize [Re: Marty] #544952
09/16/20 11:34 AM
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U.S. citizen voters living in Belize: Have you heard of the FPCA?

In order to request an absentee ballot for the General Election, you must fill out, print, and sign the FPCA, or Federal Post Card Application. Once completed, you can send it directly to your local election office by email, fax, or mail — depending on what your state allows.

See the map below or head over to https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter to learn more about each state’s guidelines.

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Re: Attention U.S. citizen voters in Belize [Re: Marty] #545198
09/29/20 11:33 AM
09/29/20 11:33 AM
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It's not too late! U.S. citizen voters living in Belize, here's a final reminder to send in your absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election!

Check the map at https://www.fvap.gov/r3/fpca/state to see whether your state allows you to send in your ballot electronically to avoid mail delays.

If your state requires you to return paper ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Belmopan Diplomatic Post Office (DPO).

The DPO provides free mail service from embassies and consulates to a U.S. sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in postage-paid return envelopes or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage, in order for them to be delivered to the proper local election authorities.

Overseas voters should be sure to deliver their ballots to the Embassy by no later than Thursday, October 1st!

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Message for U.S. Citizens – Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW! Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot. Many states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 3.

The Department of State is committed to assisting overseas voters in casting their ballots. For instructions on how to vote from Belize please see our website Absentee Voting in Belize. For general overseas voting information please see the Department of State’s web site Absentee Voting Information for U.S. Citizens Abroad or FVAP.gov.

Never received your ballot? If you registered to vote and requested an absentee ballot prior to your state’s registration deadline, but have not yet received your ballot, complete and return a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot to ensure your vote reaches election officials by your state’s deadline. If your regular ballot arrives later, complete and return it as well. Your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot will only be counted if your regular ballot does not reach local election officials by your state’s deadline. Your vote will not be counted twice.

RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:

Note that the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their completed ballots before Election Day and at least one week prior to your state’s deadline. To allow processing time between Department of State and U.S. Postal Service systems this means ballots must be received in the Embassy no later than Friday October 2, 2020. Ballots received after that date will be forwarded but may arrive too late to be counted. Please also check the regulations in the state in which you vote as deadlines may differ, and you may have alternative voting options such as electronic voting or by fax.

The above timeline is based on current local and U.S. conditions, which are subject to change. Should conditions change and impact the timeline we will alert you. We strongly recommend you submit your ballot as far in advance as possible.

If you wish to drop off your ballot, or have a friend or colleague drop it off for you, place it in either a U.S. postage-paid envelope (provided with the ballot) or an envelope bearing domestic U.S. postage addressed to your local election officials Voting material can be mailed directly to the Embassy through the Belize Postal Service, DHL/Speed It, BPMS, or dropped off at the consular entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Belize, Floral Park Road, Belmopan, Cayo District. The hours of acceptance are Monday to Thursday 08:00 am to 14:00 pm. Please maintain social distancing, wear a mask, and stay home if you are sick.

Missed the U.S. Embassy Belmopan shipment deadline? Consider returning your ballot to the United States via a commercial express courier service such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL or return your voted ballot electronically if allowed by your state. Ballots sent to local election officials via express courier service do not receive standard postmarks, so voters using this method should confirm delivery on or before November 3 prior to payment and shipment. Check your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov for guidance.

Returning your Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot by email or fax. Review your state’s voting procedures at www.FVAP.gov carefully for guidance.

Returning your ballot by international mail delivery. If using Belize's postal system, be sure to affix sufficient international postage, and allow sufficient time for international mail delivery. Ballots sent via regular international mail from most countries at this late date are unlikely to reach local election officials by state ballot receipt deadlines, so you may need to consider another method.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING. Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.

Have Questions? Please contact U.S. Embassy Belmopan’s Voting Assistance Officer at +501 822-4011 ext. 4201, or at [email protected] You can also contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program directly if you encounter issues with local election officials by emailing [email protected] or toll free by phone from many countries around the world.

Confirm your registration and ballot delivery online. Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) website at www.FVAP.gov.

Assistance:
• U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize
o Floral Park Road, Belmopan, Cayo, Belize
o +501 822-4011
o [email protected] or [email protected]
o https://bz.usembassy.gov/
• State Department - Consular Affairs
o 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
• Belize Country Information
• Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
• Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Re: Attention U.S. citizen voters in Belize [Re: Marty] #545575
10/16/20 05:55 AM
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Still have questions about how to cast your ballot from abroad?

The Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP is offering recurring virtual voting assistance via Zoom for the next two weeks to provide direct support to overseas citizens. Voters can participate in any of the meetings and speak with an FVAP Voting Ambassador who can answer questions about absentee voting, including inquiries about the FPCA and FWAB forms. Voters can also use the chat function to write their questions for the FVAP representatives. See below for the Zoom links and additional information:

Every Wednesday at 9:00 PM EST
FVAP Representative: Deana
Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6590837720...
Meeting ID: 659 083 7720
Passcode: p564bw

Every Thursday at 7:00 AM EST
FVAP Representative: Kayla
Zoom Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/9750035128...
Meeting ID: 975 003 5128
Passcode: 28Xx2X

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