Republicans Abroad Hong Kong has come up with a novel way of motivating American expatriates into voting in this year's US general election. The organisation is distributing tens of thousands of postcards to encourage the roughly 50,000 eligible American voters in the city to apply for an absentee ballot to vote in the general election, which will be held on Tuesday, November 6. The postcards feature a photograph of President Barack Obama on the front with the words 'Vote by Absentee Ballot' and 'NO12', with a slash across the official Obama campaign 'O' logo. 'NO12' is the official Republican Party tagline, which stands for 'No Obama in 2012'. On the back of the postcard it directs voters to visit www.fvap.gov , the website of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP). The FVAP website offers overseas voters a user-friendly process to request an absentee ballot with a single form, the Federal Post Card Application. This application is accepted by all states and territories, and overseas voters can return the application to obtain an absentee ballot. Ross Feingold, Asia-Pacific chairman of Republicans Abroad, said American voters in Hong Kong had a huge part to play in the election. 'Applying for an absentee ballot to vote will make a big difference, especially in the seven or eight battleground states that are always too close to call,' Feingold said. Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, is the presumptive Republican nominee for the presidential race. Sarah Rindlaub, originally from Washington state and a Republican supporter, felt the election would be so crucial that eligible voters should apply for an absentee ballot without delay. 'It doesn't matter whether you are a Republican or a Democrat - you can't complain about how the country is being run if you don't vote,' Rindlaub said. Democrats Abroad Hong Kong is also doing its bit to encourage voters to register: its vice-chairman for voter registration, Glenn Berkey, said the drive was probably the most important task of the organisation. 'This is why we set up www. votefromabroad.org in 2004. We encourage all Americans to visit the website, which will make the complicated registration process simple no matter what state people are from,' Berkey said. A spokesman for the US consulate general in Hong Kong confirmed that he FVAP website ( www.fvap.gov ) was set up specifically to assist overseas Americans to vote, and is probably the easiest way to get up-to-date information.