How to vote in the 2019 US elections from Abroad/Korea.

US politics go local in 2019. In order to vote from abroad you must RENEW your Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every calendar year.

Louisiana, Alabama and Kentucky will hold Gubernatorial elections.

Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City (MO, Las Vegas, Memphis, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, Tampa, and Phoenix are among the major cities with Mayoral contests this year.

Ballot measures will also appear in several states.

 

Moving to Korea: Get your WiFi fix without an ARC card.

One of the most common initial frustrations upon moving to Korea is not having wifi or contracted cell phone service without your Alien Registration Card issued. In fact, I can recall the first month living in Korea, I had to go to Angel-in-us every evening to work on my lessons materials.

Here are a few tips I have for beating this daunting hurdle.

Cafes

Perhaps the most obvious choice is to go to a cafe. I have two options when it comes to cafes. One I call the moral customer option, and the second option I call the leeching option.

Moral customer – Order an item off of the menu. preferably the cheapest item as going here consistently will add up over time.

Leeching option – More likely in metropolitan areas where there are many people. Find a Starbucks or other cafe with multiple floors and simply sit and use the WiFi. To me I always feel guilty doing this but, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Public Libraries

After working at a public library in America, to me this was an option that was second nature to me. Only downside to this one is that they are not open super late (usually).

Bus/KTX terminals

If you are living in a city with a KTX terminal or Bus terminal, these locations will likely have public wifi options. Again, in smaller towns it will be quite obvious that you are hanging around for WiFi but in larger cities, with so many people coming and going, hanging around with your laptop is probably not going to catch much attention.

Convenience stores

SOME convenience stores may have WiFi available to customers. Maybe go with a smart phone initially to search for WiFi options before lugging your laptop only to be disappointed.

If you moved to Korea, where did you go to get that free WiFi?

Ad astra per aspera,

Jeffrey

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How to: Never miss another package delivery in Korea

Receiving packages in Korea can be a headache. Delivery services typically will not leave a package at your residence if nobody is there to receive it at the door. Which can be a good thing if it is something expensive, but if you ordered a really really cool oven mitt (idk), or something not so valuable, then you probably are frustrated if you keep missing the delivery guy/girl. In this post I will outline what you can do to ensure that you receive your package without stress.

Before you read further, this how to is intended for those living in an apartment building where there is no office that can receive your packages when you are gone (one room people, where u at?). It is also intended for people who are comfortable with packages being left unattended outside their apartment door when they are away. 

The delivery process typically goes like this – screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-7-46-30-pm

  • Delivery company will send a text message to the phone number you likely supplied during the ordering process (if you ordered from online). This text message could include information like the time frame in which the delivery person will go to your apartment to attempt delivery
  • Before immediate delivery the delivery person will CALL the phone number. During the workday this can be difficult to answer, and I became wary of constantly asking my coworkers to answer the calls. Take initiative. Be an independent foreigner (kidding, ask if you want).
  • If nobody is home to accept the package, and if contact is not made, the package will not be left as it typically is in the US with services like USPS.

To ameliorate this problem, you can text the delivery person to leave the package outside your door. To do this simply text the following message –

“택배는 문앞에 놓아두시면 됩니다. 감사합니다. TYPE YOUR ADDRESS HERE.”

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The message roughly asks the delivery person to kindly leave the package outside your door.

The delivery person may choose to respond to your message, or they may simply leave the package. Really depends on the person.

I’ve also had the delivery service (looking at u CJ express) text me saying they just went ahead and left the package at the CU convenience store on the corner, which i’m 100% okay with.

Hopefully this quick hint will get you your packages with less hassle and give you more independence from asking your coworkers every time the mail man calls you from that creepy unknown caller ID when you are at work.

 

Ad astra per aspera,

Jeffrey

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Voting From Abroad – How To Guide for Americans

Moving abroad doesn’t mean you lose your voice. Voting from abroad is now easier than ever. Here is a quick run through of how to apply and vote in US elections while living abroad.

UOCAVA citizens: U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marines, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members, and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) supports UOCAVA citizens and election officials by providing necessary absentee voting forms, materials and training guidance.

Voting from abroad requires several steps

  1. Request FPCA
  2. Send FPCA to local election office
  3. FPCA approved by local election office
  4. Absentee ballot sent to voter from local election office
  5. Voter sends completed absentee ballot to local election office
  6. *FWAB can be completed if the ballot is not received 30 days before the election.

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