Messages for U.S. Citizens
(September 29, 2014) – Alert: 24–Hour ATAC Transportation Strike on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in Rome
A 24-hour ATAC transportation strike has been called by the unions for Tomorrow, Wednesday 1 October.
The strike will not affect regular “Ferrovie dell Stato” trains, but will affect Metro, buses, trams, and all other local transportation (Roma-Lido, Termini-Giardinetti, and Roma-Viterbo). All runs will stop from 08:30am-5:00pm and from 8:00pm - end of runs.
For last-minute changes by the authorities, U.S. citizens are advised to check the media for schedules and updates.
(September 29, 2014) – Lufthansa Pilots on Strike September 30, 2014
The pilots’ union, VC, has called the Lufthansa pilots out on strike on September 30 between 8:00am and 11:00pm (local time). The walkout is expected to primarily affect long-haul flights* at Frankfurt/Main airport.
*Please note that the LH long-haul strikes usually result in long-haul flights being affected the day before and after due to scheduling reasons.
(September 22, 2014) – Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6, 2014
Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week!
In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6. For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 6. In order to vote in the November 2014 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2014. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to ensure you are able to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter.
If you have already completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)in 2014 and requested electronic delivery of your ballot, you will be receiving your blank ballot or instructions for how to access your ballot soon if you have not already received it. If you are not sure about the status of your absentee ballot request you should contact your local election officials in the United States or check the status of your registration via your state’s voter registration verification website.
You can get voting assistance from the Embassy or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, during the following hours:
Monday through Friday (except for U.S. and Italian holidays), 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Normal transit time from Italy to the United States is four (4) days.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OVERSEAS VOTING
Please help spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues that now is the time to start thinking about overseas voting. Consider posting to your Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media account that you are an active voter and will be dropping off or mailing your Federal Post Card Application or completed ballot. Use #ProudOverseasVoter to help get the word out about voting.
If you have never voted while overseas before, it’s not too late. The process is easy -- just follow these steps:
1. Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Whether you are a first-time voter or have voted absentee in past elections, complete an FPCA to receive your ballot this fall. It allows you to register to vote and request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (presidential and state primaries, run-off, special, and the November general elections) during the course of the year in which you submit the FPCA. Local election officials in all U.S. states and territories accept the FPCA.
The online voting assistant available at FVAP.gov is an easy way to complete the FPCA. It will ask you questions specific to your state and tell you if electronic ballot delivery is possible. No matter which state you vote in, we encourage you to ask your local election officials to deliver your blank ballots to you electronically (by email, internet download, or fax, depending on your state). Be sure to include your email address to take advantage of electronic delivery. The online voting assistant will generate a printable FPCA, which you can then print and sign.
2. Submit the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Our public hours are: Monday through Friday (except for U.S. and Italian holidays), 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. for dropping off an FPCA or ballot in person at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Consular Section, 121 Via Vittorio Veneto.
If it’s more convenient for you, you can have a friend or family member drop off your FPCA at the Embassy, on your behalf or you can send your FPCA or ballot directly to your local election officials via international mail or professional courier service at your own expense.
3. Receive Your Ballot
After submitting your FPCA, most states allow you to confirm online your registration and ballot delivery selection. States are now required to send out ballots 45 days before an election for federal office (President, U.S. Senate, or U.S. House of Representatives) to any overseas U.S. citizen who has completed an FPCA.
4. Return Your Ballot
As with the FPCA, you can return your voted ballot to your local election officials free of charge via the nearest embassy or consulate or mail it directly at your own expense.
Your Vote Counts
Many U.S. elections within the past ten years have been decided by a margin of victory of less than 0.1%. All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline (differs by state).
Be an educated voter. Check out the FVAP links page for helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online, and search the Internet to locate articles and information.
If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact Rome’s Voting Assistance Officer at 06-4674 2420, or email email@example.com.