According to the Federal Voting Assistance Program, there are 2.9 million Americans eligible to vote from abroad. But their turnout is consistently low — about 7 percent in the last presidential election in 2016, compared with 60.2 percent domestically.

As an American living abroad for the past seventeen years, I can attest to the difficulty of voting from abroad. While living in the Middle East during the 2012 election cycle, my ballot materials from Washington State arrived too late for me to vote. I was quite upset, but realized I should have requested my absentee ballot materials as early as possible.

My experience was very different from that of my Australian colleagues who simply drove to their nearest consulate on a weekend to vote in person. Imagine the common sense of holding elections on weekends when people would be more likely to show up and vote, rather than a working Tuesday as is the case in the USA!

What all this means is that as Americans living abroad we must be much more organized and vigilant if we want our votes to be counted. 2020 is anything but a normal election year and the Trump Administration is doing everything within its power to limit voting rights since it’s their belief that the more Americans that cast ballots, the lower their chances of winning the election.

If you’re living abroad and want to make sure your vote counts, NOW is the time to take action. Here is a link to votefromabroad.org with further helpful links to all the voting rules and regulations for each US state. Take advantage of your right to cast a ballot for the kind of country you want to represent as a US citizen living abroad.

votefromabroad.org

How to register to vote at USA.gov

peace~henry

Posted by Henry Lewis

Unconventional artist, writer, videographer and teacher. Personal Quote: It isn't easy being me ;-)

32 Comments

  1. A great example of how twisted things are here. In lieu of trying to attract more votes, the trump men try to keep people from voting.

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    1. Fighting back any way I can. Thanks Ken.

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  2. Trump says here’s one more way to destroy democracy. America gets a haircut.
    Scary times.
    Thanks for the reminder Henry.

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    1. Hi Kim…It’s definitely time to push back.

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  3. Timely information, thanks.

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    1. Thanks Robert. Feel free to pass it on to anyone you may know who lives outside the USA. Take good care.

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  4. Having lived as an expat for many years, I am also confronted with the difficulty of casting my vote in elections. At a time when technology makes it possible, for example, to collect taxes with just a few clicks on a keyboard, it is surprising that voting is still an ordeal for the citizen, even in the most advanced democracies.

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  5. Thank you for this. I have a brother and his partner overseas. I will forward this reminder.

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  6. The link is valuable info for Americans living overseas who want to cast their vote. Here’s hoping that you encounter no problems in the voting process.

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    1. Hi Rosaliene…I’m flying back to the US next week and will be in NC until after the election. Hoping to do whatever small bit I can to help swing NC BLUE in 2020. It’s going to be a nail-biter in many states and every little bit will help with capturing much needed numbers in the electoral college. Take care.

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      1. I wish you success in your endeavor. Stay safe on your flight over and on entering a contamination zone where some people believe that this pandemic is a hoax and wearing a mask denies them of their First Amendment rights.

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      2. Thanks for your kind wishes Rosaliene. Things are similar here in Colombia–virus numbers etc–but there’s less attitude surrounding the wearing of masks. I’m as prepared as I can be–quarantining upon arrival and other complicated plans have been made. Take good care.

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  8. Thank you, Henry! Every vote counts. Thanks for spreading the word.

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    1. Hi Rebecca…Thanks! I too think that every vote is going to count in the 2020 election, both for president and in the all-important senate races.

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      1. So true, I need to check locally about how I can help get people registered.

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      2. Yes…Wisconsin is already playing an important role on the national stage and its electoral votes will be strongly contested. Good luck!

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  9. 🙏😍

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    1. Thank you Gireesh! Namaste.

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  10. Great info. And very important.

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    1. Pass it on PPJ if you know anyone who can use the info. Thanks!

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  11. Great idea Henry and a good public service. It’s been quite a while since I voted as an expat, but no matter where I lived, there always seemed to be a good number of “is this really worth the effort” roadblocks.

    With COVID and all the Trump BS and meddling in the process, it will be hard enough to vote domestically, so your links should be helpful for expats. This time there will be no confusion about who and what we’re all voting for, so every vote counts. Thanks for helping this along. ~James

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    1. Hi James,

      Thanks for your efforts as well!

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  12. I’m glad you posted this. Every small thing we can do helps.

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    1. Thanks Ellen. At least the doing makes us feel like we’re contributing to the noble effort to defeat the naked emperor.

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  13. I don’t think many people thought about the many Americans who are not on American soil whose votes are sorely needed. We would like to feature you in our upcoming issue of “This Just In… Today’s Era.” Please let us know if we have your permission to quote you.

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    1. Yes, please pass the word on. Thanks!

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  14. We used vote from abroad and are looking forward to getting our ballots this week.

    Cheers!

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