Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

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Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

Postby Eiger John » 23 Apr 2012, 12:28

In the midst of all the heated debate, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss actual voting rights for American citizens living overseas. If you're an American citizen who's 18 or over as of the time of the coming US elections in Nov. 2012, then it can be very worthwhile voting. Over the past 9 or so years, I've been very glad to help Americans get the information to help them vote. Check out www.votefromabroad.org -- Forumosa has been kind enough to run banner ads for them as a public service.

It's one of the fastest and most effective ways to get through the documents necessary to register or request your absentee ballot! It automatically helps you generate all the forms necessary, tells you where the forms need to go for your local election board back stateside, etc. Great for experienced voters and first-timers.

Also, for American citizens of a Democratic Party way of thinking, check out www.democratsabroad.org for local Democrats Abroad Taiwan activities. The Democrats Abroad global organization is essentially treated as a 51st "state party" type organization, meaning that it has representation within the Democratic National Committee and gets to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention being held in Charlotte, NC, in September 2012. Democrats Abroad Taiwan will hold a Global Primary event on May 1st, 2012 in which its members will help choose Asia-Pacific region delegates to the Democratic National Convention. How to become a member? No dues, no hassles -- just have to be an American citizen living in Taiwan over 18 as of the time of the coming Nov. 2012 national elections.
"Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws." - John Quincy Adams

Article on enforcement of foreign court and arbitral decisions into Taiwan: http://goo.gl/hGXGG
Article on Cross-Strait intellectual property basics: http://goo.gl/ub4vA
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Re: Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

Postby housecat » 23 Apr 2012, 17:50

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

Postby CraigTPE » 24 Apr 2012, 06:50

I registered as a permanent absentee voter in California before I moved here. Glad I did.

Also noticed at AIT when I was there adding pages to my passport that it looks like they also help people get registered as absentee voters.
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Re: Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

Postby Eiger John » 31 May 2012, 14:01

In many states, however, it is important to request an absentee ballot each time around. Best practice is not to count on your local elections board to keep sending out absentee ballots, as many states are going to the minimum required by law. In line with the tendency for overseas voters to vote Democrat, many states with Republican secretaries of state (who oversee many of the election procedural matters) are doing their best to scrub off their rolls as many overseas American voters as possible. I find this horrible, but it's part of the current political landscape.

Word to the wise -- if you're American and eligible to vote, better to request your ballot. www.votefromabroad.org is a great place to get through the process of registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot.
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Article on Cross-Strait intellectual property basics: http://goo.gl/ub4vA
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Re: Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

Postby Winston Smith » 01 Jun 2012, 07:04

I vote with my feet because I'm done with being lied to and pimped out to the powers behind the throne who really run things.
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Re: Americans -- Vote From Abroad!

Postby Tigerman » 01 Jun 2012, 08:06

Winston Smith wrote:I vote with my feet because I'm done with being lied to and pimped out to the powers behind the throne who really run things.


Did you renounce your US citizenship?
As it is, we seem to regard it as a positive objection to a reasoner that he has taken one side or the other. We regard it (in other words) as a positive objection to a reasoner that he has contrived to reach the object of his reasoning. We call a man a bigot or a slave of dogma because he is a thinker who has thought thoroughly and to a definite end.

From: All Things Considered - The Error of Impartiality
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