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Last Chance to Vote from Abroad in the U.S. Midterms

September 24, 2018

Ballots should have been emailed to voters living outside the U.S. by September 22. If you've received yours, we can help you get your ballot mailed back to the U.S., and recieved in time to be counted.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Former U.S. President Barak Obama recently said that the mid-term elections in 2018 could not be more important. Please, do not miss your chance to affect the outcome of the upcoming, oh-so-critical Midterm Elections November 6. Even if you haven't lived in the U.S. for years, you are still eligible to vote if you come see us at one of our volunteer tables.

Ballots should have been emailed to voters living outside the U.S. on or by September 22. If you've received yours, fill it out and bring it to one of the locations listed in this article on the day and time scheduled, in order to get your ballot in the mail in time to go by route of the Puerto Vallarta U.S. Consular's diplomatic pouch. However, if you have not registered yet this year, you still have an opportunity to vote in some states that will accept a faxed or emailed ballot.

Here's how:

Go to or and enter your most recent U.S. address to learn the submission requirements for your particular state, as well as who is running in your district. You may find that you are able to register and cast your ballot online by requesting an Absentee Ballot be mailed to you electronically. Every state must send electronic ballots to those living abroad.

However, if you need help and can't find it online, we will help you register and/or vote at the following locations then take your forms to the consulate to go out in the diplomatic pouch.

In Puerto Vallarta
Daiquiri Dick's – Olas Altas 314, Emiliano Zapata
Wednesday September 26, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Wednesday October 3, 10:30 am-12:30 pm

In Bucerias
Casa Tranquila – Jose Ma Morelos 7-A, Las Palmas
Tuesday September 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 am

In La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Ana Banana Pub – Tiburón 42, Centro
Tuesday September 25, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

And for you procrastinators, if it is too late to get your state ballot in time, you can fill out a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) to vote for your Senate and House candidates. You can send your voter registration form with that ballot. You can download the FWAB or get a copy at one of the volunteer tables listed above.

After October 3rd you will have to get your ballots to the USA yourself. We recommend IShop & Mail (in the Peninsula Plaza, Local C-1 or at 178 Mina a short distance from the Malecon lighthouse). The cost for mailing a Federal Write-In Ballot is 76 pesos and it takes 8 to 10 business days to get to your Local Election Office.

Then, should it get within 10 days of the election, you'll have to use FedEx or DHL which are much more expensive.

Please share this information widely and keep expressing to all your American friends, family and acquaintances just how vital it is to vote in this election!

With country committees and local chapters in over 80 countries around the world, Democrats Abroad is the official Democratic Party organization for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. For more information about the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad, click HERE, or send an email to cb.democratsabroad(at)