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Should Citizens Living Abroad Get a Vote?
Pajamas Media ^ | March 1, 2010 | Allison Kaplan Sommer

Posted on 03/01/2010 6:35:33 AM PST by KippLanham

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.

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: aliens; citizens; elections; vote

1 posted on 03/01/2010 6:35:33 AM PST by KippLanham
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***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.***

This is why dual citizenship is troubling. If this was an Iranian, rather than an Israeli - how would his divided loyalty work for the US interests?


2 posted on 03/01/2010 6:41:17 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: KippLanham
Should Citizens Living Abroad Get a Vote?

Should we GET a vote? We HAVE a vote.

Anybody that gets it in his or her head to disenfranchise ME is going to have one serious fight to deal with. I'm not going down easy!

3 posted on 03/01/2010 6:42:10 AM PST by John Valentine
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To: KippLanham

I work for the Army in Europe. I am not a dual citizen, only an American, so why should I not vote? As it is, when any votes are thrown out in an election, it is always ours...think AlGore in 2000/Franken in 2008, etc.


4 posted on 03/01/2010 6:43:44 AM PST by Shery (in APO Land)
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To: KippLanham

If I am no longer required to pay taxes, I might consider the proposal ....


5 posted on 03/01/2010 6:50:34 AM PST by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: sodpoodle

Yes they should be able to vote.

They are Americans.


6 posted on 03/01/2010 7:21:23 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: An.American.Expatriate

Too true


7 posted on 03/01/2010 7:21:40 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Vendome

***Yes they should be able to vote. They are Americans.***

In this case, the author is 50% American citizen and 50% Israeli citizen.

I am not suggesting he lose any rights - just questioning how divided loyalty works in the US interest.


8 posted on 03/01/2010 7:25:48 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle

My sister lived on St. Maarten for 25 years. She’s a Moonbat who wanted to get rid of the Electoral system because Al Gore lost. But she couldn’t name the mayor or the city councilors in our home town.


9 posted on 03/01/2010 7:36:15 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: sodpoodle

LOL.

look to Barry O. for an examlar of a Devil Worshipin, Satanic inspired, Communist.

The good news is, he is the poster boy of epic fail and an example to others on how not to achieve your signature goals.

No skills for consensus building and lacks the ability to negotiate and give on things that don’t matter, which results in a failed process and demonstrates he was always an underacheiver.

but, the American people hired the ultimate ousider who unAmerican to the core.

FREE THE LONG FORM!!!


10 posted on 03/01/2010 7:40:28 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: sodpoodle

“I am not suggesting he lose any rights - just questioning how divided loyalty works in the US interest.”

It’s not just the ‘dual citizen’ problem or US citizens living/working abroad.. Foreigners from all nations come here to have their anchor babies, go back to their country and raise USA Voting citizens to influence our elections.


11 posted on 03/01/2010 7:45:10 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: KippLanham

“Should Citizens Living Abroad Get a Vote?”

Should a non U.S. citizen, cheeky Kenyan bastard nose picker sitting in the White House get a vote?


12 posted on 03/01/2010 8:23:28 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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