January 11th, 2016.-

2016 is an important election year for both the Dominican Republic and the United States.  In the United States, citizens will vote in State primaries between February and June to help select their political party’s presidential nominees.  In November, the country will vote for the next President of the United States, as well as for numerous federal and state representatives and officials.

Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as U.S. citizens.  The majority of United States citizens or those with dual citizenship are eligible to vote at 18 years of age, including those who are outside the country during the electoral period.  Even citizens who have never lived in the United States may be eligible to vote in the State where their parents have residency.

The easiest way to participate in the 2016 election is by using the Federal Voting Assistance Program website: www.fvap.gov.  There you will find all the information you need to register for the upcoming election, request an absentee voter ballot, and submit your ballot by your State’s absentee voting deadline.  Election rules vary from State to State, and you can find all the information about the rules of your State at the www.fvap.govwebsite.

Overseas voters are required to re-register every single year.  So even if you have registered in the past, we recommend you submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) now for your State, which you can do online or by mail.  If you have questions that aren’t answered on the www.fvap.gov website, you may send us an e-mail at VoteSantoDomingo@state.gov.

In closing, we want to leave you with FVAP’s motto, which we love:  “EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Be absent but accounted for.”