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Ballot hasn't come? Do a write-in 
If you registered to vote in the 2016 election and your ballot did not arrive by 8 October, fill out a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). 
1. Get a FWAB from:
2. Fill out the FWAB and send it to the local election official concerned. If your proper ballot arrives afterwards, fill it out and return it also; let the local election official decide which ballot to count. 

After a drowsy summer, there is news on several fronts as we head into the fall but by far my most important job today is to remind you of the importance of that right American women fought so hard for, the right women in some countries still do not have, the right far too many people in the world - and even in the US - do not have.... And has there in recent memory been a more important US election in which to exercise that right?

We have a "Woman on a Twenty"!!
On April 20, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist and Union spy during the Civil War, will be honored on the new US $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson.  Tubman was born a slave on an unrecorded date and died on March 10, 1913.  She will be the first black American on a US Treasury bill, and the first woman in over a century. 

Start the year off right!
  
How often have you heard:
  1. No point in my voting from overseas; my ballot won't be counted anyway!
  2. My ballot didn't arrive in time, so I won't be able to vote this year.
  3.  I don't need to vote; one more vote won't make the difference...
  4. I don't like either of them, so why should I choose?

Write to your Senators to tell them "the time has come!"
Last week, I sent letters to those responsible for advancing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to its ratification by the US Senate, pointing out that since Somalia (Somalia!) managed to finalize its ratification process on October 1, the United States is now the only outlier in the world.

Election Day is November 4th - but it's closer than you think if you're a US voter who lives overseas. Before you can vote, you must register/request a ballot (remember that we are now required to do this every year!). If you have not registered yet, do it now - to be sure your voice will be heard in November.

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014, but most registered overseas voters will receive their ballots in late September or early October. When your ballot comes, follow the instructions for filling it out and returning it as carefully as you can, and do it as soon as you can, to ensure that you cast a valid vote in good time to be counted.


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Lucy Stensland Laederich
FAWCO US Liaison


Washington Update Bulletin




FAWCO is an original organizer of the annualOverseas Americans Week
in Washington


May 26, 2013

   
FAWCO Washington Update 


 


The EU to look at FATCA implications


  

On Tuesday, May 28, the Economic and Monetary Committee of the European Parliament is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the implications for Europe of FATCA implementation.

Up to now, we in FAWCO have focused on these implications for "us", i.e. American citizens with "foreign" financial interests, the reporting requirements imposed on us and our banks abroad, the dilemma these pose for our non-American spouses and domestic or business partners with whom we hold joint accounts, etc.

However, as we have all continued to say, FATCA is not a "done deal", it is a work in progress and things are changing all the time. Right now, European governments are considering whether or not to enter into government-to-government agreements with the US Treasury and whether this will require reciprocal agreements whereby the US will report on foreign holders of US bank accounts, also.

This hearing is momentous from that perspective and while we only learned of it very recently - too late for most people to plan to attend - it will be accessible via a live webstream and I cannot encourage you enough to tune in - ask your friends and neighbors to tune in - listen to what is being said so that we are ahead of the news, rather than behind it.

I have written a letter to one of the MEPs and to the Rapporteur of the Committee, pointing out the implications of FATCA in the EU for:
1) spouses and partners of Americans living in the EU
2) "accidental" Americans who may not even realize they are - or could be considered to be - Americans.
At stake are privacy issues, of course, and even potentially bank access issues for EU citizens due to an American law.  
This letter will be posted Tuesday on the FAWCO website, if you are interested.  

In the meantime, if you possibly can, try to follow the hearing  on
The fight against tax evasion - FATCA as a step towards international automatic exchange of information?   
Tuesday, May 28, in Brussels, from 15:30 to 17:00. 
The meeting will also be webstreamedviahttp://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20130528-1530-COMMITTEE-ECON



All the very best - I hope your weather is better than mine!

Lucy 

 
 
 
                          
 
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