U.S. expats: time running out for mid-terms

Are you one of the nearly 4 million U.S. citizens living abroad eligible to vote in the upcoming U.S. mid-term elections? If so, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) has a message for you: if you’re not careful, time could run out. The ‘home’ U.S. state of expats will send ballots to you at least 45 days before the election, which is on 24 September 2022. If you have not yet submitted your FPCA, you should check your voter registration deadline at FVAP.gov. There are also options to have your ballot sent to you digitally – and this is likely to be easier and quicker. The FVAP recommends that overseas citizens send their ballot no later than 24 October. You can verify that your local election office has received it by checking for it here. According to the information and advocacy website AmericanAbroad.org, “U.S. citizens resident abroad are eligible to vote in all Presidential and Congressional elections. If you were born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, and never lived in the U.S., you may be entitled to vote in the state in which your American parent last lived. Check with the election authorities in that state to determine your status. It does not matter how long you have been living abroad, whether you ever intend to return to the U.S., whether you have voted before, or whether you maintain a residence in the U.S.”

Americans Abroad Caucus

The agency representing U.S. citizens overseas is the Americans Abroad Caucus. Established in 2007 in the House of Representatives, this Caucus has 25 members, representing many states and all regions of the country. The Caucus is co-chaired by Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Maria Salazar (FL-27).

Stats

The countries with the highest numbers of adult Americans are Canada (622,000), the UK (329,000), Mexico (201,000), France (169,000), and Japan (125,000). London is the largest “American” city in the world outside of the U.S., with more than 100,000 Americans living in or around the capital. If overseas voters collectively formed a voting bloc, as French overseas voters do, they would be eligible for roughly 10 electoral college votes under the U.S. system, the same number as Minnesota, reported The Conversation.

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