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Should Citizens Living Abroad Get a Vote?

Posted on March 1 2010 3:00 pm
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by Allison Kaplan Sommer

For Americans living abroad, voting is a privilege that is taken seriously, particularly in an important presidential election year. And so it was in 2008. Absentee ballots were obtained and submitted, and organizations were active around the globe: Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad toiled overtime to win hearts and minds of U.S. citizens with activities, speakers, and programs focusing on the issues. And in the era of 24-hour global television news, the campaign wasn’t hard to follow abroad.

I know, having lived in Israel for the past 17 years, and I’ve always voted. For me, the process of voting serves as a reminder that the U.S. half of my dual citizenship matters, despite my country of residence.

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