August 4th, 2008

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Overseas Americans can vote, but 94.5% don't

In 2006, about 6 million Americans abroad were eligible to vote, but only 5.5% did, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Eligible voters abroad include active-duty military members and their families, workers on foreign assignments, and students on study-abroad semesters. They often have trouble figuring out the maze of rules about requesting a ballot from overseas. In addition, ballots may arrive late, especially in countries with poor postal service or war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now is the time to register for the November 4 election to be sure the absentee ballot request will be processed in time. is a web-based absentee voter registration wizard that was developed to make it easier for Americans living abroad to vote.

The wizard guides voters through the voter registration and absentee ballot request process by asking only those questions required for each individual's voting state and personal circumstances. It automatically produces a completed voter registration and absentee ballot request form with all the information needed, and provides a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot that can be used in case the official ballot does not arrive by October 4. Though the site was developed by Democrats Abroad, it is completely non-partisan, as required by federal election laws.

In case of problems, is staffed by a team of experts and attorneys to help overseas Americans exercise their right to vote.

If you know any Americans overseas, make sure they vote. Pass on this information.

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