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This website is aimed exclusively at helping Americans in Indonesia, and no one else (see this article about us in the Thursday, Sept 6, 2012 Jakarta Post about us).

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It is strictly non-profit, not connected to any government in any way, and all volunteer based. It has been developed by a group of American volunteer expats in Indonesia with the goals of keeping Americans in Indonesia:

• Informed about laws, regulations and insider information that impact American expats in Indonesia — originating either in the US or Indonesia

• Entertained and amused as the opportunity presents itself

• And primarily to provide

HELP IN VOTING

• Our main purpose is to help Americans here VOTE.

If you like, we’ll even help you with the registration process, help you get your absentee ballot, and even get you the “FWAB”, should your absentee ballot not arrive in your rice field on time.

If you'd like to post comments on our articles, just fill out our very simple and completely confidential membership form. If you do we promise to walk you through the entire voting process in each election and to keep you informed of important events for us.  Alternatively you can just sign up for our email bulletins and we'll send you periodic updates and important announcements.

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Voting in US Elections HelpNEW! TIME TO VOTE FROM HERE NOW!

Have you requested your ballot so you can vote from here this November? If not, NOW is the time to do it -- many states have deadlines this month in order to properly register and request your ballot for the ultra-important 2014 Senate and Congressional elections (as well as other Governor and local elections).

And their are several states where a few votes in very tight races could mean control of the Senate.  These include: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Minnesota.  So if you vote in these states, your vote is even more important.

Note that if you hare properly registered, you should receive your ballot from your state official (by email) around Sept 25 -- they are required to send those out 45 days prior to the election date. It's all now very simple to take this step:

  • Simply go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org (VFA) and answer the questions. The site will generate all the forms you need and give you complete instructions.
  • When you receive your ballot, fill it out and return as requested by your state. Complete instructions will be included.
  • Pat yourself on the back for taking a crucial step in our democratic process.

If you have questions, please see notes on the VFA site itself, or our FAQ/voting-help list here.

Since this is an "mid-term" election, voter turnout is typically low. So that's makes it doubly more important that you cast your vote. And encourage all your American friends to also. Basically the control of both the Senate and the House is at stake in this election.

Please do your part and VOTE!


We make voting from here simple as 1-2-3!  See this Jakarta Post article about us from Thursday, Sept 6, 2012. We take the uncertainty out of the process for you -- ensure you get your ballot and vote now -- your vote is IMPORTANT  click here!

 

Making the Vote Count

from The Jakarta Post, Sept 6, 2012 (p 21)
article by Trisha Sertori, photos By J. B. Djwan

Americans in Indonesia

With an estimated 3 to 6 million US expats dotted around the globe and a knife edge swing between candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the November US presidential elections, pundits are suggesting the US expat vote could tip the scale in the greatest (political) race on earth.

Some US expats in Bali are taking this possibility seriously and working to ensure every potential absentee vote from both sides of the political divide is registered and counted ... read the rest of this article


Overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision:
THE Most Important Task for US All

Overturn Citizens United with a Constitutional Amendment


Sign petitions: MoveToAmend, Coffee Party, ...
Write your Congressman and Senators. Tell your friends!

Other important videos

 

Are You Registered to Vote this November?

Have you requested your ballot so you can vote from here this November? If not, NOW is the time to do it -- many states have deadlines this month in order to properly register and request your ballot for the ultra-important 2014 Senate and Congressional elections (as well as other Governor and local elections).

And their are several states where a few votes in very tight races could mean control of the Senate.  These include: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Minnesota.  So if you vote in these states, your vote is even more important.

Note that if you hare properly registered, you should receive your ballot from your state official (by email) around Sept 25 -- they are required to send those out 45 days prior to the election date. It's all now very simple to take this step:

  • Simply go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org (VFA) and answer the questions. The site will generate all the forms you need and give you complete instructions.
  • When you receive your ballot, fill it out and return as requested by your state. Complete instructions will be included.
  • Pat yourself on the back for taking a crucial step in our democratic process.

If you have questions, please see notes on the VFA site itself, or our FAQ/voting-help list here.

Which of these expat issues is most important to you?

CURRENT NEWS

  • May 28, 2014  US Surabaya Consulate Announcement on Crime: There's been a number of reports recently of crimes being committed against expats in parts of Indonesia, especially Bali.  Here's a message about this  from the US Consulate in Surabaya to Americans in all of Indonesia.

The U.S. Mission has been tracking with concern reports of crimes, including violent crimes, against foreigners and Indonesians in Bali.  We have been in touch with our wardens and the authorities to follow up on these reports.

How ACA (Obamacare) Affects Americans Living Abroad

[Below is a summary of how the ACA (Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare) affects those of us living abroad (emphasis added by me).  Our thanks go out to Democrats Abroad for preparing this.  Note that if you are inside the US more than parts of about 35 days/year, you MIGHT be subject to the penalty -- which can be substantial -- if you don't have this insurance.  Note that the ACA insurance plans only pay for medical services in the US, just like Medicare.  We highly recommend that all of you to have medical insurance that covers you here.  Dave, 2014/03/17]

Summary Prepared by Sabrina Segal, Democrats Abroad Italy

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