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Yesterday, I voted in the Massachusetts Special Election for the Senatorial seat vacated by Ted Kennedy's death last year.

(Today's the deadline for write-in ballots! I hope all my MA friends will vote next Tuesday- polls are open 'till 8pm...)

I sent the vote in by fax, using the instructions sent by www.democratsabroad.org. There is a 1-800 fax number, for "Service People and Overseas Americans". Leaving aside the technical incorrectness for me using it, I did, and it went through.

Today I got a confirmation email, which reads:

From: RSS - WHS/FVAP ETS <ets@fvap.ncr.gov>
To: dada.da@gmail.com
Date: Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 11:40 AM
Subject: Confirmation of sent FWAB to Medford Board of Registrars MA

This message is to inform you that the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) you requested be sent to Medford Board of Registrars was successfully sent on 15 January 2010 at 10:57 EST.

Hm, that's quite the set of acronyms. Military? I viewed message source.

Return-Path: <ets@fvap.ncr.gov>
Received: from PTMEXU04BB.ptc.pentagon.mil (ptmexu04bb.ptcmsg.pentagon.mil [])
by mx.google.com with ESMTP id 11si2686892ywh.80.2010.;
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:40:45 -0800 (PST)

Yup, military. It's even got a nice long public-key signature to prove it's legit.

Given my general dislike of fax machines, it was comforting to know my vote was received, at least.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! This is really useful. My Town Clerk sent my ballot out at the end of December, but UPS failed to deliver it. Maybe I can still vote!
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah- I didn't get mine either!

www.democratsabroad.org 's form takes about 5 minutes to produce a PDF which can be emailed or faxed. It took me longer to DO the faxing.


Good luck!
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
To save you a clickthrough link: http://www.votefromabroad.org/

Jan. 15th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I spoke with my Town Clerk today and she confirmed that I can just mail the pdf to her. This is excellent.,
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