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I intend to drop off my ballot at the US Consulate in Chiang Mai. What assurances have been given regarding the safe and timely delivery of our ballots to our Boards of Elections? 

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That's easy... none.   Read the headlines; Trump has a crony running the USPS. Mail service will not be as swift as it used to be. Anyhow, once your ballot reaches stateside, it may very wel

Go to https://www.fvap.gov/ and then to your state.   You may find that you can send in your ballot by email or fax.

I don't mistrust that.  But once the ballots reach the US they're handed over to the postal service.  That's where the uncertainty arises.

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2 hours ago, Rama said:

Well, considering that the new US ambassador to Thailand is a political appointee and not a career diplomat;......you can go from there. I'm sure he'll make sure it's handled appropriately....

Rest easy.

   Trump's apointee as Ambassador to Thailand was Michael G. DeSombre, a corporate lawyer who had led his firm's mergers and acquisitions department.

   The Consul General in Chiang Mai is Sean K. O'Neill who has had extensive diplomatic experience in Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

   Our votes will be safe in his hands.

   

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5 hours ago, noise said:

Go to https://www.fvap.gov/ and then to your state.   You may find that you can send in your ballot by email or fax.

Yes, you can easily vote by email registration and then upload your vote printed out on a bespoke ballot made for you.

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5 hours ago, MrBrad said:

I've always deposited my ballot at the Consulate for postage-free delivery to Minnesota (which does not permit email or fax delivery). 

 

I've found that doing so, however, has resulted in slow delivery...up to a month!  In fact, once for a primary election some years ago my ballot remained at the Consulate without being sent on to the States.  At that time I wrote to the Consul General to inform her that my ballot was never received by my county clerk.  It was eventually found and sent on, although weeks after the election.  She promised that ballots would receive full attention by her staff, and that it wouldn't (or at least shouldn't) happen again.  Since then, my ballots have been received in time to be counted.  (The Minnesota Secretary of State's website is good about posting when the ballot was received at the county level.)

 

This fall, though, given the gravity of this crucial election, to say nothing for the decisive and diabolical messing around with the postal system, I will spend the unnecessary baht to send my ballot by FedEx.

You are doing the right thing for your country!

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Check with Elections at your state's Secretary of State office to see if they accept email ballots.  Easy breezy. 

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3 hours ago, MrBrad said:

I don't mistrust that.  But once the ballots reach the US they're handed over to the postal service.  That's where the uncertainty arises.

Valid concern and observation.

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2 hours ago, jmccarty said:

Yes, you can easily vote by email registration and then upload your vote printed out on a bespoke ballot made for you.

I just downloaded, filled out an absentee ballot request and sent it to the email address for my State. This part seemed easy. I hope I receive the appropriate ballots by email and then are able to send them back by email. We'll see. Thanks for the link.

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I directed the question to the US Consulate in Chiang Mai. The following is their reply. My experience with my request for voting in the Kentucky Primary was never delivered after giving through the window at the Consulate. So, for the Absentee Ballot request, I mailed the request June 27th by ThaiPost EMS. It was received at US Customs, Chicago July 27th (result of lack of air service to US). It left US Customs, Chicago And was delivered August 10th. As Kentucky requires that I mail back my Absentee Ballot, I have little assurance of using regular mail services due to the current manipulation for political aims by the current administration. DHL promises delivery within 3 days at a cost of around $33.00 USD. It appears that to be assured of delivery of my vote I must pay a Poll Tax for delivery.

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“For your mailing your ballot, we can assist, please find below more information:
 

Returning Your Completed, Signed Voting Materials: All U.S. citizens can receive their blank ballots or voter registration forms electronically. Depending on the state in which you are eligible to vote, you may get your voting documents by email, fax, or internet download. 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. Consulate General Chiang Mai. 

 

U.S. citizen voters can mail these forms to the addresse below. Please ensure your voter registration form or ballot is sealed, addressed, and has U.S. postage before being placed inside of a separate envelope that is used to mail the ballot to the U.S. Consulate.

 

U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai

American Citizen Services

Attn: Voting Assistance Officer

387 Wichayanond Rd

T. Chang Moi, A. Muang

Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand

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 email ([email protected]). You may also direct questions to the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai's Voting Assistance Officer at [email protected].
 
 

Sincerely,

Voting Team

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