“Last call to cast your ballots”, says U.S. Embassy 

With less than a month to go until the U.S. presidential election on November 3, U.S. Embassy officials are making one last call for Americans living in Barbados and across the Eastern Caribbean to vote.  In recent weeks, hundreds of Americans have taken advantage of the Embassy’s voting assistance services, including arriving to the U.S. Embassy to drop off signed and sealed ballots for delivery to the U.S. Postal Service.  U.S. Consul General Rafa Perez urged Americans to “make your vote count and make your voice heard in this year’s presidential election.”

In small in-person gatherings centered on the recent presidential and vice-presidential debates as well as through social media, embassy employees have made the nonpartisan push for U.S. citizens to cast their ballots.  Voting Assistance Officer Brianna Bailey-Gevlin joined a group of Americans for the recent debate between Presidential Trump and former Vice President Biden.  She provided official election materials and answered questions about overseas voting.  “Democracy is not a state; it is an act,” she told the group.  She explained that voting is a civic duty, not just every four years for president, but also during state and local elections.  “Local elections—which are often overlooked or skipped—play as crucial of a role in our democracy as do the presidential elections.  So vote this year and then vote next year and then the year after that,” she added.  Bailey-Gevlin advocated that Americans directly contact their local board of elections for the most accurate information about deadlines, requirements, and procedures, as they may vary by locality.

The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages all Americans who wish to submit any official election materials to do so by Monday, October 19, to ensure that ballots are received at the local election offices by the November 3 deadline.  For Americans who may not be able to physically visit the Embassy by October 19, please note that private couriers such as DHL or Fed-Ex may be utilized to guarantee an on-time delivery.

U.S. citizens can reach out to the U.S. Embassy at [email protected] with any questions on how to cast a ballot for the November 3 election.

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  1. Interesting
    October 12, 2020

    So, they are ensuring that all Americans, wherever they may live, to vote as a civic duty. Voters can vote by mail, further ensuring that the playing field for all political parties is level: no expensive trips paid for by unexplained financial resources; no allegations of treating; no drama of people threatening to block planes from landing.

    Simply a genuine attempt to get all Americans who care about their country to exercise their right to vote without disenfranchising anyone who is eligible.

    Why can’t we clean the Dominica list, re-register eligible voters and use signed and sealed ballots to get citizens of Dominican living overseas to vote? SMH (a lot)

    • En Ba LA
      October 13, 2020


      Americans on the list how many of them re-registered to vote. I bet registered and stay registered and can vote anywhere, they can fly in to vote if the so choose. The many options they have available.

      Why would you want to have people re-register to vote. You mean to tell me you are calling to have all Dominicans re-register to vote? Overseas voters also? How are you going to get overseas voters to re-register those who registered back in the 80s and send them ballots.

      The right to vote – ONCE to register. Do you know the number of individuals who would not get to register

      • Interesting
        October 14, 2020

        I might have used the wrong word or phrase but I meant to clean the list by having all CITIZENS of Dominica register. Yes, if that means again. There are many Dominicans living overseas for various reasons who are still citizens. I believe that they have the right to vote. Maybe they can register online if the whole process can be computerized where IDs etc, can be uploaded. I don’t see the need for the Daybaa and Maypwee that have surrounded getting the list sanitized.

        Remember politicians try all sorts of things for votes to go in their favour, including tampering with constituency boundaries.

        Maybe it’s our intentions that need to be sanitized… when we have good intentions the laws pose no problem. It is when the intentions are flawed that problems arise.

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