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Postby Feiren » 18 Sep 2007, 11:21

Tempo Gain wrote:
Feiren wrote:Fair enough. They probably just have some rule requiring them to issue warnings. Pretty silly in Taiwan though.

It was a protest to the AIT after all. Taiwan has seen it's share of violence in protests and it's hard to tell how protests can develop. Seems like a reasonable warning to me. I would imagine that if for example a 2000 person anti weapon sales protest to AIT was launched you would see the same warning.


Oh come on. When has Taiwan had any serious violence at a protest in the last 15 years?
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Postby Tempo Gain » 18 Sep 2007, 11:52

Feiren wrote:Oh come on. When has Taiwan had any serious violence at a protest in the last 15 years?


no molotov cocktails but some scuffling here and there. not life threatening but worth exercising a bit of caution as suggested.
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Postby jlick » 04 Oct 2007, 15:03

AIT wrote:This is a reminder that, in just three months, the U.S. will be entering its presidential and state primary season. Five primaries are currently slated for January, another 20 are scheduled for February, and the rest take place from early March through early October. Registration for the first primary (the District of Columbia) closes December 10, 2007. AIT encourages you to act now so that your opinion is heard – not only in the November 2008 presidential and general elections, but also in the presidential primary and state primary elections! The official U.S. Government website for overseas absentee voting assistance is the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website www.fvap.gov.

Generally, all U.S. citizens 18 years or older who are or will be residing outside the United States during an election period are eligible to vote absentee in any election for Federal office. This includes primary, run-off, and special elections that occur throughout the year, as well as the general election in November 2008. Some states allow overseas voters to vote in elections for state and local offices, and for state and local referendums.

Voting eligibility and residency requirements are determined by the various U.S. states, and are available on-line at http://fvap.gov/pubs/vag.html. Your "legal state of residence" for voting purposes is the state where you last resided immediately prior to departure from the United States. Voting rights extend to overseas citizens even though they may no longer own property or have other ties to their last state of residence, and even if their intent to return to that state may be uncertain. For those who have never resided in the U.S., sixteen states, to date, allow eligible U.S. citizens to register where a parent would be eligible to vote.

To register to vote and/or apply for an absentee ballot, you can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The on-line version, the OFPCA, is accepted by all states and territories except American Samoa and Guam. Voters from American Samoa and Guam must use the standard form of the FPCA, available at the Consulate General or through many American civic groups. The on-line OFPCA form must be completed legibly, printed, signed, dated, and mailed to your local election officials. Your state may allow faxing to speed the process, but you will still need to send in the original by mail. Use an envelope and affix proper postage. The official U.S. Government website for overseas absentee voting assistance, www.fvap.gov, has a wealth of information about absentee voting, including the state-specific instructions for completing the FPCA form, links to state and local officials, and a downloadable emergency ballot for use by those who register in time but fail to receive an official ballot.

As a general rule, you should try to send in the FPCA so that it reaches your local election officials at least forty-five days before the first election in which you are eligible to vote --- ample time for them to process the request and send you a blank ballot. If applying for both registration and an absentee ballot, you may want to mail the FPCA earlier. One FPCA will qualify you to receive all ballots for Federal offices for the next two regular Federal elections (through 2010). However, we recommend that you submit a new FPCA in January of every year, and whenever you move, to ensure that your most recent mailing and e-mail addresses are on file with your local election officials.

Under normal circumstances, most states and territories begin sending ballots to overseas citizens 30-45 days before an election. However, if you haven't received your ballot within three weeks of your state's ballot receipt deadline, and you are required to return your voted ballot by mail, you should download, complete, sign, date, and send in a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB), available at http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/onlinefwab.html. Make sure it is witnessed if required by your state. If you subsequently receive your regular absentee ballot, execute it and return it regardless of when you receive it. Court decisions sometimes require late counting of ballots voted by Election Day, but received by local election officials for a specified period of time following Election Day.

Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues is widely available and easy to obtain via the Internet. Use the links appearing on the FVAP website at http://www.fvap.gov/links/otherlinks.html , read your hometown newspaper on-line, or search the Internet to locate articles and information.

The Voting Assistance Officer at AIT Taipei is also always available to answer questions about absentee voting. To contact the Voting Assistance Officer send an e-mail to VoteTaipei@state.gov.


Moderator's Note: I recommend the web site of the Overseas Vote Foundation for help in registering for an overseas absentee ballot. They have extensive information on local requirements where you register such as whether you need a notarized registration form and where to send your form.
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Postby jlick » 05 Oct 2007, 11:38

AIT wrote:The American Institute in Taiwan wishes to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan about approaching Typhoon Krosa which may affect the island as early as October 6. U.S. citizens should monitor the progress of the storm on Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website http://www.cwb.gov.tw/ and through local media and make appropriate provisions for food, water and shelter.

For additional information on storms, their effects, and steps you should take to prepare, please see the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs website for several useful links related to natural disasters and emergencies:
http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips ... _1207.html .

The Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei Office, can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (02) 2162-2000; by fax at (02) 2162-2239; and by e-mail at aitamcit@mail.ait.org.tw. After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the American Institute in Taiwan's switchboard at (02) 2162-2000.
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Postby jlick » 27 Oct 2007, 14:35

AIT wrote:The American Institute Taiwan would like to provide the following information for those America Citizens with friends, relatives, or property in California who may have been impacted by the California wildfires.

The following are California county-based contact numbers for public inquiries and for outreach to local American communities:

Orange County (714) 628-7085
Ventura County (805) 388-4276
Los Angeles County (323) 881-2411
San Bernardino County (909) 355-8800
San Diego Country (619) 570-1070
Santa Barbara (805) 961-5770
Riverside (951) 940-6985

The American Red Cross Safe and Well website (www.safeandwell.org) allows concerned family and friends to search a list of those who have registered themselves as "safe and well".

Other useful websites for updates include the State of California's Office of Emergency Services (www.oes.ca.gov), the State of California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (www.fire.ca.gov), and the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org).
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Postby jlick » 21 Nov 2007, 12:43

AIT wrote:OHIO TO HOLD A SPECIAL ELECTION ON DECEMBER 11, 2007 FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE 5th DISTRICT

As noted in News Release #12, there will be a special election in Ohio's 5th Congressional District on Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 to fill the seat of Representative Paul Gillmor. To determine if your legal residence is in the 5th Congressional District, you can click on "Communicating with Your Elected Officials", then "Who is my Representative?" at the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website, www.fvap.gov/comm/communicating.html .

VAOs should contact those citizens they assist who are Ohio voters and inform them of this news release and provide help to them in returning their absentee ballot.

REQUESTING A BALLOT:

All members of the U.S. Uniformed Services, their family members and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are Ohio residents from the 5th District should request a ballot for this special election by completing and submitting a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), SF-76, as soon as possible, if you have not done so already in calendar year 2007. The online version of the FPCA is available from the FVAP website at www.fvap.gov/pubs/onlinefpca.html . Specific instructions for Ohio are available at: www.fvap.gov/pubs/vag/pdfvag/oh.pdf .

If you are already registered, the County Board of Elections must receive your absentee ballot request not later than noon on Saturday, December 8.

Ohio allows members of the U.S. Uniformed Services and their family members to send the FPCA for ballot request by fax. After faxing, submit the original FPCA by mail. Use the following toll-free fax numbers for the U.S. and Canada: 1-800-368-8683, (703) 693-5527 or DSN 223-5527 (military). At www.fvap.gov/services/faxing.html , there is a list of additional toll-free fax numbers from overseas countries

APPLICATION FOR BALLOT BY PROXY:

If you are a member of the Armed Forces on active duty, or the spouse or dependent of a member of the Armed Forces on active duty, your father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, grandfather, grandmother, brother, sister, son, daughter, stepparent, stepchild, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece may request an absentee ballot for you, using either a special form provided by the county board or an FPCA.

RECEIVING YOUR BALLOT:

Ohio allows members of the U.S. Uniformed Services and their family members to receive the blank ballot by fax.

RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:

When returned within the U.S., your ballot will be counted if it arrives at the appropriate county board of election's office not later than the close of polls on December 11, 2007.

If you are voting from outside the U.S., your ballot will be counted if it arrives at the appropriate county board of elections not later than December, 31, 2007, as long as it is signed not later than the close of polls on election day.

Ohio does not allow return of the voted ballot by fax.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

State specific information on your precinct, candidates, elections, and voting is available at the Ohio Secretary of State website, www.sos.state.oh.us .

The FVAP can be contacted via 1-800-438-8683. Citizens may reach the FVAP toll-free from 67 countries using the toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP website, www.fvap.gov . Questions regarding the above may also be referred to the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Department of Defense, 1155 Defense Pentagon, vote@fvap.ncr.gov and on the World Wide Web at www.fvap.gov .
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Postby jlick » 09 Dec 2007, 22:44

AIT wrote:NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MICHIGAN PRIMARY ELECTION DATES

New Hampshire and Michigan have scheduled their Presidential Primary elections. New Hampshire will conduct their Presidential Primary election on January 8, 2008 and Michigan will conduct their Presidential Primary election for January 15, 2008.

Voting Assistance Officers should inform New Hampshire and Michigan voters and provide help as required in requesting and returning their absentee ballot.

REGISTERING TO VOTE AND REQUESTING A BALLOT:

If you have not done so already in calendar year 2007, all members of the U.S. Uniformed Services and their family members and citizens residing outside the U.S. who are either New Hampshire or Michigan residents should request a ballot by completing and submitting a registration and ballot request Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), SF-76, as soon as possible. The online version of the FPCA is available from the FVAP website at www.fvap.gov/pubs/onlinefpca.html .

OTHER EARLY PRIMARY ELECTIONS

The following states will hold Primary elections early in 2008. An asterisk indicates a change from the date printed in the Voting Assistance Guide:

New Hampshire* January 8, 2008
Michigan* January 15, 2008
South Carolina* (R) January 19, 2008
Florida January 29, 2008
South Carolina* (D) January 29, 2008
Alabama February 5, 2008
Arizona* February 5, 2008
Arkansas February 5, 2008
California February 5, 2008
Connecticut February 5, 2008
Delaware February 5, 2008
Georgia February 5, 2008
Illinois February 5, 2008
Missouri February 5, 2008
New Jersey February 5, 2008
New Mexico (D) February 5, 2008
New York February 5, 2008
Oklahoma February 5, 2008
Tennessee February 5, 2008
Utah February 5, 2008
Louisiana February 9, 2008
District of Columbia* February 12, 2008
Maryland February 12, 2008
Virginia February 12, 2008
Washington February 19, 2008
Wisconsin February 19, 2008
Massachusetts March 4, 2008
Ohio March 4, 2008
Rhode Island March 4, 2008
Texas March 4, 2008
Vermont March 4, 2008
Puerto Rico March 9, 2008
Mississippi March 11, 2008

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

The FVAP can be contacted via 1-800-438-8683. Citizens may reach the FVAP toll-free from 67 countries using the toll-free numbers listed on the FVAP website, www.fvap.gov . Questions regarding the above may also be referred to the Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, Department of Defense, 1155 Defense Pentagon, Washington DC 20301-1155, and email at vote@fvap.ncr.gov .
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Postby jlick » 17 Dec 2007, 17:37

AIT wrote:Dear American Citizens in Taiwan,
The following information is passed to you by the American Institute in Taiwan from the Federal Voter Assistance Program. For more information about absentee voting from overseas, please visit www.fvap.gov . Specific questions may also be addressed to VoteTaipei@state.gov .

Best Regards,
American Citizen Services
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State Voter Registration Verification Websites

States and territories are making it easier to find out your voter registration status. Twenty-two states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have web sites where a voter can check their registration status. NOTE: The website addresses are subject to change.

Please check http://www.fvap.gov/vao/stregissites.html for updates.

• Arizona: https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evote ... anguage.do
• Arkansas: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/
• Delaware: http://pollingplace.delaware.gov/
• District of Columbia: http://www.dcboee.org/voterreg/vic_step1.asp
• Georgia: http://www.sos.state.ga.us/cgi-bin/Locator.asp
• Indiana: http://www.indianavoters.com/PublicSite ... eSupport=1 (Note: You can also check the status of your Provisional Vote.)
• Iowa: http://www.sos.state.ia.us/elections/Vo ... earch.aspx
• Kansas: https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/
• Kentucky: http://cdc.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp
• Louisiana: http://sos.louisiana.gov/polllocator/
• Maryland: http://mdelections.umbc.edu/ (NOTE: You can get a sample ballot at this site also.)
• Michigan: http://michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-16 ... --,00.html
• Nebraska: https://www.votercheck.necvr.ne.gov/ (Note: You can also check the status of your Provisional Vote.)
• New Mexico: https://voterview.state.nm.us/
• North Carolina: http://www.sboe.state.nc.us/ (NOTE: You can check the status of your Provisional Vote at this site also.)
• Ohio: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sosapps/elec ... query.aspx
• Pennsylvania: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/v ... &sureNav=|
• Puerto Rico: http://www.ceeput.org/serviciosLineas/e ... /index.htm (NOTE: This site is in Spanish and you need your voter registration number to verify your status.)
• Rhode Island: http://www.sec.state.ri.us/vic/
• South Carolina: https://webprod.cio.sc.gov/SCSECVoterWe ... nSearch.do
• Utah: http://gva1.utah.gov/elections/polling.aspx
• Virginia: http://www.sbe.state.va.us/VotReg/VR_Co ... fault.html (NOTE: To get this information you must have a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the VA Department of Motor Vehicles. To request a PIN via mail, you must have a Virginia Drivers License or a Virginia State Identification Number.)
• Washington: http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/lookup.aspx/
• West Virginia: http://www.wvvotes.com/voters/am-i-registered.php
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Postby jlick » 01 Feb 2008, 15:57

AIT wrote:Voting News Release #4
http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/releases/2008/04-2008.html
Tennessee Authorizes Use of FWAB and Extends Ballot Receipt Deadline for UOCAVA Voters Who Live Overseas For February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary

Voting News Release #3
http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/releases/2008/03-2008.html
Massachusetts Extends Ballot Receipt Deadline for The February 5th Presidential Primary for Military and Overseas Voters

Voting News Release #2
http://www.fvap.gov/pubs/releases/2008/02-2008.html
Illinois to Hold a Special Primary Election on February 5, 2008 for Representative in Congress from the 14th District
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Postby jlick » 01 Feb 2008, 16:22

AIT wrote:On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Government will increase its fees for certain U.S. citizen passport services. For adult applicants renewing a passport, the total fee will increase to $75. For first-time applicants age 16 and over, the total fee will increase to $100. The fee for minors under 16 years of age will be $85.

Effective February 1, 2008, passport applicants who are U.S. citizen minors under the age of 16 must appear personally with their parents to establish identity, proof of citizenship and proof of relationship. For parental application permission, both parents must appear together and sign, or one parent may appear to sign and submit the other parent's notarized statement, or one parent may appear, sign, and submit primary evidence of sole authority. Minors age 16 and 17 may apply in person with their own identification, but for security reasons, parental consent may be required. If your child does not have identification of their own, a parent will be required to accompany the child and present identification.

Please refer to the Department of State's website at www.travel.state.gov for complete information on all new requirements, including downloadable revised forms that must be used as of February 1, and AIT's website at http://www.ait.org.tw/en/uscitizens , for complete U.S. passport application instructions.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor AIT's website http://www.ait.org.tw/en/uscitizens/ and the U.S. Department of State's travel website at www.travel.state.gov , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. The American Institute in Taiwan also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad," found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/saf ... _1747.html , which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Citizens living and residing in Taiwan are advised to register their presence through the U.S. Department of State's automated online registration system, https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also contact the Consular Section at the American Institute in Taiwan via e-mail (aitamcit@mail.ait.org.tw) or by calling (02) 2162-2239. This complete message is available on AIT's website at http://www.ait.org.tw/en/uscitizens/news .
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