2016 is here and what an important year it will be, especially when it comes to the upcoming election of the President of the United States. There are many U.S. citizens that live abroad and are wondering if they can vote and how to go about it. In this article, I will show how the law says it’s ok to vote, as well as some useful links and why I think you should vote.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) was enacted by Congress in 1986 allowing all American citizens overseas to be able to vote. United States citizens covered by UOCAVA include members of the United States and Merchant Marines, their families and United States citizens like myself who live outside the United States.
UOCAVA provides an application called the Federal Post Card Application, which service members and overseas citizens can use to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. The law also allows the use of a backup ballot for federal offices called the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot.
If you are an American citizen, it is your birthright and your obligation to vote and to make a difference. Every vote counts. You still pay taxes and many have served in the US military and fought for America, so we certainly have that right. You leave family and friends behind and you want to make sure they are taken care of. Additionally, the office of President of the United States is the most powerful job in the world, and if the job is done right can influence the decision-making of the country you currently live in. Again go out and vote and don’t let others discourage you. You are an American and it is your right.
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