Americans Abroad Get Out to Vote
Wednesday, February 4, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
The American community is buzzing with presidential election discussion.
Molly Ivins (Pulitzer Prize finalist, former co-editor of the Texas Observer and former Rocky Mountain bureau chief for the New York Times) spoke last night before an audience of Democrats Abroad France members and supporters. I missed the event, but I’m certain she exercised her sharp criticism of the current administration.
This Friday night 6:30 p.m. at the American Church (65, quai d’Orsay, 7th), Democrats Abroad is holding their Country Caucus where delegates to the European Regional Caucus will be chosen to represent them in Edinburgh on March 26th. (For more information, click here)
Democrats Abroad has a larger delegation than several of the U.S. states. Like Iowa, they determine their delegation through caucus, rather than through a primary. Republicans Abroad is also represented here in France, however, their membership is not nearly as large, they don’t send a voting delegation to their convention and don’t have seats on the Republican National Committee.
For all of us living outside the United States, voting by absentee ballot provides us with a voice. I don’t know about you, but having my voice heard this election year is even more important than ever. Next weekend here in Paris is the Overseas Voter Weekend, February 13-14-15. This is our opportunity to insure our vote will be counted, so plan to coming to one of these four meeting points:
Friday, February 13 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, February 14 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, February 15 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The federal voter registration and absentee ballot application requires some information you may not normally carry with you. To find out exactly what is required in the U.S. state where you have voting residence, consult the Federal Voting Assistance Program:
For those of you living here, this contact information will be useful and for those of you thinking of moving here, we hope you’ll get involved…the American community is a vital organ of Paris.
DEMOCRATS ABROAD FRANCE
REPUBLICANS ABROAD FRANCE
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICANS RESIDENT OVERSEAS
A la prochaine…
P.S. There are many American organizations in Paris that hold our hands, guide us through the trials and tribulations of living in a foreign country, and insure our well-being as Americans. A complete list can be found in the Insider Guide to Working and Living in France: The Ins and Outs and at American Citizen Services of the U.S. Embassy
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Americans Abroad Get Out To Vote
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