Democracy, let me show you it.

Americans living abroad, like me, can still vote in the upcoming federal election by registering as an absentee with VoteFromAbroad.org. Answer some simple questions, and the wizard develops a fresh voter registration form for you.

But if you really don’t want to bother with all that, and you’re already registered (and you remember the details of your registration, such as which county you lived in when you registered), you can just download the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB).

But after that, things get trickier. Each county processes their ballots differently, and it can be difficult to figure out where to send your ballot. Luckily, there’s this page, which tells you where to send ballots state by state. Click on your state, and you’ll find a list of counties and their addresses. Fill out and seal the ballot according to the FWAB instructions, and you’re good to go.

And now to print off my ballot and my next short story submission, then march them on down to the post office. How’s that for efficiency? Democracy, SF, and exercise, all in one step!