Monday, November 5, 2012

Rocking the Vote from 8500 Miles Away

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Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States.

Obviously, we can't transport ourselves home in order to vote, so just how does the system work for an expat?

I'm glad to say that it's incredibly easy. First up, we did a bit of online research and found out that our voter registration is based on our last county and state of residence. For us, that was Boulder, Colorado. From there, it was easy to jump on to the Go Vote Colorado website where we were able to download an Email Ballot Application and a FPCA form (necessary for citizens living overseas).

A few days later, we received our ballots via email. (How cool is that?!) We printed them off, filled in the bubbles next to our candidates, gave it our John Hancock, scanned the signed documents, and sent it back to Boulder (via email!!).

We are living 8,500 miles away from where our votes will be counted. However, that doesn't mean that we aren't aware of the issues and challenges facing the next President. This election is covered in all of the major Australian newspapers. Our friends and colleagues ask us on a near daily basis about the candidates and about our stance on various issues.

It's an important election. The next president will guide the nation on decisions about women's rights, healthcare, gay rights, and the appointment of Supreme Court judges. I'm very glad that we were able to vote.

...even if we didn't get a sticker.

5 comments:

  1. Wow, it sounds like it was easier for you guys to vote than it is for a lot of people actually living in the states! Miss you guys!!

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  2. Good for you guys! And boo on the no sticker thing - what a bummer :)

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  3. Yay--good for you! And happy belated birthday, Mandy! Hope our card arrived in time. xoxo

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  4. Good job! You are so ahead of the game.

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  5. I call it the "smug sticker" and I miss it, too! Wouldn't really translate to Australia, since they have compulsory voting.

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