Discussion in 'Living in Cancun' started by Isla Zina, Sep 8, 2012.
Can we register in Cancun or do we have to go to Merida? I do not qualify for an absentee ballot.
Well, Zina, you've raised an interesting issue in my mind. Have you got a IFE?
Lack of one stopped me from not having to pay tenencia on my new car, but I wasn't aware that those who hold FM2s were eligible for one.
Anything to share?:brick:
No, I am a resident, not a citizen. I want to register as a US voter living on foreign soil. I have divorced Ohio through its tax agency.
That's so funny, Zina, I thought you meant vote in the Mexican elections.
I've never bothered with voting absentee, but my wife does.
We maintain a presence in a state that does not have an income tax. Because of that, it's not an issue to be registered to vote; and frankly, most states with an income tax apply the same foreign earned income exclusion that the U.S. Government does.
We do have to return from time to time to keep up driver's licenses, etc.
Uh huh. I am asking where to register as a voting resident of Mexico.
Yes, thanks for reminding me, different procedure, I'm sure.
Zina, a lot of the consulate in Merida's business is handled by the Consular Agency in the hotel zone. It's located opposite Kukulcan Mall, in the building where Europea is located. For example, they handle passport renewals, though they don't do them: instead, they forward the request to Merida, and take responsibility for the whole process.
Getting you set up to vote absentee sounds like just such a piece of routine business to me. Why don't you give them a call at 883-0272
Thank you. You know as much as the question asker! I will call today. Could have earlier, but I have been too sick to leave the house should that be involved. By the way, it is not absentee. I am not a resident of the US.
Sorry to hear you haven't been well, but it's not going to get any easier than calling, or using your laptop to get this information.
Leaving the U.S., even permanently, does not deprive you of your right to vote, and here's the U.S. Government website established for this purpose, the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Federal Voting Assistance Program - Home - To Vote Absentee, Start By Telling Us Who You Are
The term "Absentee", is the one the government chooses to use to describe this process.
You may find this comment helpful, "Voting eligibility and residency requirements are determined by the various U.S. states. Your legal state of residence for voting purposes is the state where you last resided immediately prior to departure from the United States. If you have never resided in the United States, you may request to register and vote in the last state that your parents or grandparents resided in before your birth. However, always check with your state's local board of elections since the state determines your eligibility to vote."
Zina is not the only one to have thought they were cutting ties that bind by making a decision to move abroad. Many discover that those ties remain, unknown to them.
I've been living abroad for over twenty years and it's been painful to discover how integrated you remain, if you're a U.S. citizen. That's a country that doesn't let go easily.
Many years ago the U.S. Government began requesting the international air carriers alert them when a U.S. citizen or resident was flying to the U.S. Although there was nothing outstanding of which I was aware that could cause me problems upon entry, it just irked me that the government would be tracking the movements of its citizens.
After another year or so, the U.S. Government began requiring that the airlines alert them, and that the passenger provide an address in the U.S. where they could be reached: I had no choice then except to submit to providing it, if I wanted to fly.
Some of you will remember this change....