I started out by registering at votefromabroad.org. Now I read that some states allow you to fax in or even e-mail your registration form. Unfortunately, New York wasn't one of those states. Trust me. I asked the voting office in the Bronx via e-mail that I had concerns that my registration form wouldn't arrive. I've had a few issues with people sending me letters in the past. It either gets here in months or not at all and I was worried that the same would happen if I sent a letter from Argentina to the U.S.
They charged me $230 Argentine pesos (about $15.15 USD) to send a certified letter. I tracked the letter online, but after 5 days, the progress displayed in Correoargentino.com stopped after the letter reportedly left Buenos Aires.
Naturally, I was confused and pissed. Had my letter somehow fallen into some anomaly in time and space and vanished?
Where the hell was it? The rep at the local post office told me that it would take 8 business days. So far, it didn't seem like my registration form was going to reach its destination ever.
Then I remembered that the post office had warned me never to use tape to seal an envelope ever again, which I did. They had me sign on the tape and told me that I should use glue next time but that it would be okay. Now I wasn't so sure. What if they rejected the letter? The registration form wouldn't get there on time. Okay! Okay! Don't panic. DON'T PANIC! At least that's what I kept telling myself.
I had just about given up hope on being able to vote in this year's presidential election.
Then I received an e-mail from the voting office in NY stating that my online ballot was available.
A week after I mailed my ballot out, I received a physical ballot in the mail. It's nearly identical to the ballot and two envelopes I downloaded digitally and printed, but since I'd already sent the other one out, there didn't seem to be a point in sending this one out too and risking my original vote getting tossed for over voting.