U.S. Consulate Rep Encourages Us To Vote

Here’s how to participate in U.S. Elections from here
BY: REN DRAKE HILL

Daniel Thompson, a representative of the U.S. Consul General’s office Tijuana, visited the members of FRAO (Foreign Residents Assistance Office) at their monthly breakfast. Members of FRAO are expats, mainly from the U.S.

Thompson explained that just because some Americans choose to live in a foreign country, that doesn’t make them free of their citizenship obligations. They are still allowed, even encouraged, to vote in United States elections. The Federal Assistance Program was created to assist personnel in the armed services stationed around the world, but has expanded to include expats living worldwide. All American citizens in good standing have the right to vote at the federal level no matter where they live in the world. Good standing means, no axe murderers allowed, stuff like that.

Registration may be online, (easiest), or at the local Consulate. Ballot requests may be downloaded, printed and brought to the Consulate, where they will forward your request. In about a month you will receive your state ballot. These ballots must be returned no later than October 1 for the national November election, but there is an “emergency option” for use after October 1. You must consult the Consulate if you need to deploy this option. You may also register online or in the U.S., to have a ballot sent to your U.S. post office box, or to your home in Mexico using the Mexican mail mule.

Even if you’ve lived in Mexico many years you may still use your last U.S. address, even if that home has been plowed under and has become a strip mall. Or a strip club. It is important to use your current address as your mailing address. Every state suggests that you use the absentee ballot option, but each state may have different rules. Check with your home state’s voting board.

The U.S. Consulate is not that hard to find. It’s at Paseo de las Culturas, no number, Mesa de Otay, Phone: 52-664-977-2000. The Google maps link is: https://goo.gl/maps/1GzwwK8nyFP2. 

There are signs, and the Consulate is visible from the main road when you approach the Otay Mesa border. But just in case you can’t even do that right, (then you shouldn’t be voting), here are the directions as given by the Consulate.

Directions from Rosarito: Take the Transpeninsular/Rosarito – Tijuana/Mexico Route 1 (free road) north eastward. In Tijuana, keep right to continue on this road. Use the right lane to take the ramp to Tecate/Mexicali/MEX 2.

From the airport: Use any lane to take the ramp onto Lib. Sur. Keep left on Lib. Sur; Continue onto Lazaro Cardenas Blvd; Drice to Calle Rcda. Del Laurel/Paseo de las Culturas. Use the left land to turn left toward Call Rcda. Del Laurel/Paseo de las Culturas, and then a slight left onto Paseo de las Culturas. Consulate will be on your left.