Thursday, July 31, 2008
Where will you do it? Here's a mini-clip of our dear Celeste. (It has nothing to do with the super viral video launching on August 4th with our special celebrity guest, but we love Celeste so much we thought we'd share it -- just to tide you over until the 4th!)
Celeste "With My Boss"
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"But I don't have an address in the US anymore."
Doesn't matter. The last place you lived will always be your legal voting address. Even if the knock it down and build a freeway. That's your voting address as long as you live overseas.
"But I've been gone for so many years."
So what. You are a US citizen and you will always have the right to vote for Federal offices. Forever.
"But I never registered to vote in the US."
No problem. Your ballot request form doubles as a voter registration form.
Just answer the questions at VoteFromAbroad.org, print out the form, sign it and send it off to the address provided.
No more excuses. Sort it out today.
True, Federal law now states that a ballot request is valid for 4 years. And true, some states - like California - allow permanent absentee registration.
But bear in mind... our overseas ballots are administered by 3,000 different local election authorities (count 'em! 3000!) and each one has its own understanding (or misunderstanding) of the law. Better safe than sorry -- send a new ballot request every election year!
Monday, July 28, 2008
OK, you got us. Overseas voting is easy, but there's one grey area. And this is it: children of US citizens who have never lived in the US.
A number of states -- 17 at last count -- clearly allow such children to vote using the last address of their American parent(s). The rest of the states are silent. They don't say one way or the other. So, what should you do?
Go to VoteFromAbroad.org and request an absentee ballot using the voting address of your American parent(s). In the comments section, explain your situation. Wait a couple of weeks and call to see if they received and accepted your request.
If they refuse it, let us know. Recently, one such voter was refused a ballot in New Hampshire. Democrats Abroad stepped in and New Hampshire has now changed its policy!
Here's another silly clip we shot alongside our upcoming viral video (which will be ready for launch on August 4th!).
Sheppard Pepper is American, but he grew up in Paris. He just turned 18 and will be voting for the first time... from abroad. If you like his clip, give him a poke!
Shep is the son of our award-winning Director, Jaci Judelson. Jaci has made videos with skateboarder Tony Hawk, jazz singer Dianne Reeves and choreographer Mark Morris. Check out her work for clients like Mercedes. Nokia and Match.com.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. That's where this election promises to be closest. And that's where a huge chunk of our overseas ballots are going!
Check out the Electoral Vote Predictor for the best compilation on the Net of all the latest polling data -- state-by-state and updated daily.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Celeste, what did you do last Saturday?
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Too often, we hear "Oh, they don't even count absentee ballots unless it's close." WRONG! Every ballot validly cast is counted. That is a fact. Your vote will count whether you cast it in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas.
OK, so it's true that a victor is usually called before every last vote has been tallied. But that's true for hometown voters, too! On election night, the networks are naming winners with just a small fraction of votes counted. Absentee ballots are all counted before an election result can be "certified". Remember the Florida fiasco? The vote count must be certified by the Secretary of State before it is official. That is the law.
Your vote WILL count. And if it's a very close race, the whole world will be waiting to know how YOU voted.
Here's a list of states and when they count their absentee ballots.
Monday, July 21, 2008
It simplifies a process that can otherwise be long and complicated - with many potential pitfalls along the way!
In a word, VoteFromAbroad.org is the easiest, most comprehensive solution to the complexities of overseas voting. (Okay, so that was 11 words.) Every state has its own specific rules - as we all found out in the 2000 election!
VoteFromAbroad.org means that at last you don't need anyone to hold your hand. Do-it-yourself overseas voting is here!
Full disclosure: VoteFromAbroad.org is a public service provided in English and Spanish by Democrats Abroad -- but it is open for business to all Americans living overseas, regardless of party affiliation. Because we believe exercising your rights is not a partisan sport
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of missing US voters overseas don't know they have the right to vote, don't know how to exercise their right, or believe the process too complicated to vote from abroad. Successfully reaching out to these occasional, and first time, voters is a new and critical piece of the Get Out The Vote puzzle. (For example, two hundred and twenty thousand, that is 220,000!!!!! U.S. university students, primarily first time voters, will arrive and study internationally in September 2008.)
You may be aware that in 2006, through our paradigm-shifting web tool, (I like calling it that, because I think it is, and I like it so much I am going to say it again), through our paradigm-shifting web tool, VotefromAbroad.org, Democrats Abroad helped deliver the ultra-slim margin of victory that sent Jim Webb of Virginia to the US Senate, giving Democrats a one-vote majority in the Senate.
In 2008, we hope to do even more. We have to.