FedEx offers expats a deal to deliver U.S. ballots

As Americans prepare to vote for the next U.S. president Nov. 6, FedEx and Overseas Vote Foundation say they want to ensure the votes cast by citizens living abroad are delivered on time to the thousands of local elections offices across the country.

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., is teaming up again with the foundation for the Express Your Vote initiative, which helps U.S. citizens living overseas remain active in the federal election process. Since the two began working together in 2008, FedEx Express and Overseas Vote Foundation have helped more than 10,000 U.S. expatriates exercise their right to vote.

Using the FedEx International Priority delivery service, Express Your Vote offers the estimated 3.5 million, non-military American citizens living in 94 countries worldwide access to discounted express delivery of their absentee ballots through Oct. 31. The service is available to Americans living in Canada, 14 countries in the Asia/Pacific region, 51 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Express Your Vote program also provides these voters the convenience of online pricing, web-based shipping label creation, tracking capabilities, as well as proof of delivery, said the foundation. All of these features have been developed with the latest advanced automation solutions from FedEx, and are available on the Overseas Vote Foundation Web site.

“Because mail delivery is unreliable in some parts of the world, Americans voting from overseas need assurance their ballots will arrive back in the U.S. by the required state deadlines. If those ballots are late, they’re not counted in the presidential election. With this initiative, FedEx and OVF offer peace of mind to overseas citizens that their ballots will be delivered on time and their votes will count,” said Raj Subramaniam, senior vice president of marketing at FedEx.

Overseas Vote Foundation, founded in 2005, is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan public charity organization dedicated to serving the voter registration and ballot request needs of uniformed and overseas American citizens who wish to participate in federal elections by providing online access to innovative online voter tools and services.

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