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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 04 Sep 2008, 11:20

AIT wrote:American citizens should register to vote now for the November 4, 2008 presidential and general elections. Many states close voter registration 30 days before the general election. Don't forget the time it takes for voting forms to reach the U.S. by mail.

Voters who have not yet registered to vote and/or requested an absentee ballot should complete a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) on the Federal Voting Assistance Program's website at http://www.fvap.gov . You may also pick up a hard copy of the FPCA from AIT.

You should also complete a new Federal Postcard Application if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted.

FPCAs may be mailed to your local voting officials in the U.S. through the regular international mail or from AIT. Some states also accept FPCAs by fax or e-mail.

Voting

Your local voting officials should mail your absentee ballot 30 to 45 days before the November 4 general election to your overseas address. Return your voted ballot as early as possible. Be aware of your state's ballot receipt deadline, as well as any postmarking requirements.

Emergency Ballots

The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) serves as an emergency ballot for voters who registered in time but fail to receive an official ballot from local election officials. You can access the FWAB using http://www.fvap.gov as well.

Questions?

The Voting Assistance Officer at AIT is also always available to answer questions about absentee voting. To contact the Voting Assistance Officer, call 02-2162-2306 or or send an e-mail to VoteTaipei@state.gov .
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 12 Sep 2008, 16:30

The American Institute in Taiwan wishes to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau has issued a Typhoon Warning for Typhoon Sinlaku. This storm is expected to affect Taiwan for the next several days. The projected track of the storm is toward the north-east coast of Taiwan.

U.S. citizens should monitor the progress of the storm on Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V5e/index.htm (in English) and through local media and make appropriate provisions for food, water and shelter. International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) also provides regular weather bulletins in English. ICRT broadcasts at 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and at 100.1 FM in Taichung. ICRT also offers streaming audio over the internet: http://www.icrt.com.tw/en/D01.php

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 ... mergencies

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. Should it be forced to close for business as a result of the storm, the American Institute in Taiwan will post a notice on its website http://www.ait.org.tw

Taiwan airports and public transportation services may suspend operations as a result of the storm. American citizens should confirm that transportation facilities are open and operating before traveling.
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 25 Sep 2008, 12:38

AIT wrote:U.S. Citizens in Taiwan have a number of options for mailing voted ballots to their local election officials in their home state. AIT provides this information to citizens to assist them in voting, but does not endorse or suggest any particular method. It is up to the voter to ensure that their ballot reaches the appropriate office by the deadline. Comprehensive information on absentee voting for all states and territories can be found online at http://www.fvap.gov, including contact information for local election officials and state deadlines for registering to vote and for requesting and submitting ballots. AIT encourages citizens to vote and return the regular state ballot regardless of its receipt date (up to and including Election Day) because some states may provide for counting of these
ballots from overseas citizens.

1. Taiwan Post's First Class Mail: Take your voted ballot to the local post office. International mail to the U.S. costs approximately TWD$50 (depending on weight) and can take up to 10 days, though most items generally take less than a week. You can also ask for this to be registered mail.

2. Taiwan Post's Express Mail Service (EMS): This express service at the local Taiwan Post office costs approximately TWD$300 and can take up to 4 days to the U.S. Items can be tracked online at http://postserv.post.gov.tw/WebMailNslo ... I_EMS.html and at
http://www.usps.gov (once in the U.S.).

3. Private Express Courier: Voters can choose to use private express courier services to send their voted ballots to all states and territories except Alabama. Express courier companies cannot deliver to post office boxes, so you will need to know the street address of your local voting official in the United States. Mail sent by express courier companies is not postmarked. Alabama voters cannot use this option.

Fed Ex: Free service from Taiwan to your local election official. Visit
https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/ ... urVote.htm
to complete your own FedEx air waybill. Then drop off your ballot and waybill before October 29 at a FedEx service center or partner store. Find drop-off locations at: http://www.fedex.com/tw_english/dropoff/

DHL: Free service from Taiwan for voted ballots to your local election official. http://www.dhl.com.tw/publish/tw/en.high.html Drop off your ballot before October 29.

UPS: Visit http://www.ups.com/content/tw/en/index.jsx for information

4. AIT internal mail: AIT can use its internal mailbag to send voting materials to the U.S. free of charge. This service from AIT to your local election official can take 15-20 days. You should submit the voted ballots to AIT no later than October 10 if availing yourself of this no-cost option.. AIT will place a date stamp and AIT seal on the ballot as evidence of the date and location from which the ballot was mailed; this is not a postmark, however. All materials must already be addressed to the appropriate election official in the local jurisdiction where you vote.
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 26 Sep 2008, 14:59

AIT wrote:The American Institute in Taiwan wishes to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau has issued a Typhoon Warning for Typhoon Jangmi. This storm is expected to affect Taiwan for the next several days. The projected track of the storm is to the south of Taiwan.

U.S. citizens should monitor the progress of the storm on Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V6e/index.htm (in English) and through local media and make appropriate provisions for food, water and shelter. International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) also provides regular weather bulletins in English. ICRT broadcasts at 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and at 100.1 FM in Taichung. ICRT also offers streaming audio over the internet: http://www.icrt.com.tw/en/D01.php

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 ... mergencies

The Consular Section of the American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei and Kaohsiung Offices, can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (02) 2162-2000 and (07) 238-7744; by fax at (02) 2162-2239 and (07) 238-5237; 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. Should it be forced to close for business as a result of the storm, the American Institute in Taiwan will post a notice on its website http://www.ait.org.tw

Taiwan airports and public transportation services may suspend operations as a result of the storm. American citizens should confirm that transportation facilities are open and operating before traveling.
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 26 Sep 2008, 17:25

AIT wrote:CORRECTION: The email address for contacting the Consular Section of AIT in case of emergency has been changed to amcit-ait-t@state.gov
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 27 Oct 2008, 16:36

AIT wrote:The following information is provided to you by the American Institute in Taiwan. If you have questions, please write to VoteTaipei@state.gov

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot?

A: It's a blank form that serves as an emergency ballot for overseas or military voters who registered and requested an absentee ballot in time, but fail to receive an official ballot from local election officials. It is used to vote for Federal offices (President/Vice President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Delegate or Resident Commissioner) in general elections. In general, it cannot be used for primaries or elections for local offices, but some states are now beginning to allow it for these.

Q: How can I get one?

A: We have hard copies at AIT which include the official envelope, or you can download the ballot from http://www.fvap.gov .

Q: When should I use one?

A: If you haven't received your state's official ballot here in Taiwan by now - by October 20 - you should use the FWAB.

Q: What if I use the FWAB and then receive the regular state ballot?

A: You should still mark the state ballot and return it. If the regular state ballot arrives in time, the local election officials will count it rather than the FWAB. You should mail the completed state ballot to the local election official even if it may not arrive by Election Day.

Q: Are absentee votes really counted?

A: All absentee votes that arrive by the state's deadline are counted for the official record. Many states have deadlines after November 4 (for instance, New York requires that ballots be postmarked by November 3, but arrive by November 17). In that case, election results may already have been announced but the vote will be counted for the record.

Q: What states require witnessing of the ballot or FWAB?

A: Individual state requirements can be very particular. For instance, Wisconsin requires that an adult U.S. citizen witness the ballot return envelope and include his/her date of birth. The Virginia Board of Elections notes that they have to disqualify many FWABs because they are
missing the witness address. According to the Virginia Board of Elections, "the completed, signed and witnessed FWAB must be received by Thursday, October 30, 2008. The voter must sign and include his printed name, the city or county where he is registered, the
residence address at which he is registered to vote and his current military or overseas address. The witness must include their signature AND address on the witness signature line or the ballot may not be counted."

Q: How can I mail the FWAB to the U.S.?

A: See AIT's webpage which details various mailing options from Taiwan (http://www.ait.org.tw/en/uscitizens/MailingOptions.asp ). If you get the hard copy from AIT, it has an official return envelope. If you're NEITHER a Uniformed Services member, member of the Merchant Marine, or a dependent of a Uniformed Service or Merchant Marine member, you need an OVERSEAS postmark on the envelope in order for the FWAB to be counted. Local election officials are instructed NOT to count these ballots if they are submitted from within the U.S. (unless by military members noted above).

Q: Can I e-mail or fax my voted ballot to the U.S.?

A: Very few states allow voted ballots and FWABs to be emailed or faxed back. You must waive your right to a secret ballot. Check your state's pages in the Voting Assistance Guide:
http://www.fvap.gov/for-voting-assistan ... index.html
These pages have the states' detailed requirements, but they don't have the LOCAL U.S. fax numbers and email addresses for your election official. For those, you'll need to check your state's official voting webpage, or your Secretary of State's webpage. It's recommended that you fax or email DIRECTLY to the local election official. After faxing or emailing the ballot, mail the completed ballot to the local election official, even if it may not arrive by the state's ballot return deadline.
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 07 Jan 2009, 18:14

AIT wrote:Warden Message – Demonstrations at Taipei World Trade Center January 8, 2009

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has been informed that a local pro Palestine group will hold a rally outside the World Trade Building (#333, Keelung (Jilong) Road Sec. 1, Taipei City). Four to five protesters are expected to assemble near the building. Taiwan Police are aware of the demonstration. The event is scheduled from 10:00 am through noon on Thursday January 8, 2009.

Spontaneous demonstrations take place in Taiwan from time to time in response to world events or local developments. We remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possible escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor AIT's website http://www.ait.org.tw , and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website http://www.travel.state.gov , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The AIT 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.
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby JMcNeill » 08 Jan 2009, 08:54

jlick wrote:
AIT wrote:Warden Message – Demonstrations at Taipei World Trade Center January 8, 2009

Four to five protesters are expected to assemble near the building. Taiwan Police are aware of the demonstration. The event is scheduled from 10:00 am through noon on Thursday January 8, 2009.



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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 16 Jan 2009, 15:15

AIT wrote:January 16, 2009

The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has been informed that a local pro- Palestinian group will hold a rally outside the Israeli Trade Office at the World Trade Building (#333, Keelung (Jilong) Road Sec. 1, Taipei City) and AIT (#7, Lane 134, Xinyi Rd Sec 3, Taipei City). Protesters are expected to assemble near the buildings. Taiwan Police are aware of the demonstration. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am at the World Trade Center and at 2:00 PM at AIT on Xinyi Road.

Spontaneous demonstrations take place in Taiwan from time to time in response to world events or local developments. We remind American citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. American citizens are therefore urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations if possible, and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations. American citizens should stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor AIT's website http://www.ait.org.tw, and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website http://www.travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The AIT 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.

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http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/ ... 2003434287
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Re: AIT Announcements Thread

Postby jlick » 29 Apr 2009, 13:44

Warden Message: H1N1 INFLUENZA A UPDATE

U.S. citizens in Taiwan seeking up-to-date information on the recent outbreak of H1N1 Influenza A in the United States and Mexico should refer to the websites of public health authorities.

The World Health Organization provides information on H1N1 flu at:
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has information available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/

Taiwan's Center for Disease Control's website is located in English at:
http://www.cdc.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=5

Additional information on H1N1 flu and pandemic influenza can also be accessed through:
http://www.pandemicflu.gov/

Further information from the U.S. Department of State can be found at:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_t ... demic.html

We encourage travelers to contact airlines regarding possible travel restrictions, including in countries they are transiting. Individuals who are sick, especially with fevers or flu-like symptoms, should consult with a doctor and their airline before traveling.

For general safety and security information, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) encourages Americans living or traveling abroad to monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs' website at http://travel.state.gov/ , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. AIT also encourages U.S. citizens to review "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, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, on a regular toll line at +1 (202) 501-4444.

AIT encourages you, as an American living or traveling in Taiwan, to register through the State Department's travel registration website, https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/ . Registration is a voluntary way of telling us that you, as an American citizen, are in Taiwan, whether for a long-term stay or for a short visit. In the event of an emergency, we use registration information to communicate with you. This could include a family emergency in which relatives in the United States request that AIT contact you.

The Consular Section of AIT's Taipei and Kaohsiung Offices can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (02) 2162-2000 and (07) 238-7744; by fax at (02) 2162-2239 and (07) 238-5237; and by e-mail at amcit-ait-t@state.gov . After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the AIT switchboard at (02) 2162-2000. The AIT Taipei office is located at No.7, Lane 134, Sec. 3, Xinyi Rd., Da'an District, Taipei City 10659. The address for AIT Kaohsiung is: 5th Floor, No.2, ChungCheng 3rd Rd., Xin-Xing District, Kaohsiung City 80052.
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