Get Out the VOTE – US Citizens Living Outside the US CAN VOTE for President and Congress

by Bonnie Friedmann, EUU Member at Large

Did you know that U.S. citizens can vote from abroad? Apparently many don’t because in the last presidential election only about 17% of overseas voters actually voted. What’s important to know, though, is that those votes made a critical difference in a number of swing states.

I have voted from abroad for over 10 years now and deeply believe every vote makes a difference, just like drops of water fill a well. So I want to encourage as many people as I can to join me. It’s easy, too.

And it’s more important than ever that we let our voices be heard in the November elections. It’s not hard to register – but you should do it SOON, because early voting begins Sept. 20th and different states have different registration deadlines.

You must request your absentee ballot early at www.votefromabroad.org in order to vote! This is a non-partisan voter registration and ballot request assistance platform that helps American citizens register for upcoming elections.

Ask for your ballot to be delivered by email. If you are an overseas voter and are not registered to vote, your ballot request is your voter registration.

Overseas voters register in the last state in the U.S. in which they lived – no matter how long ago that was. Check your state’s deadline at www.votefromabroad.org/states.

There are also other easy, small ways you can help Get Out The Vote.

  • Hang up a Vote From Abroad flyer/tear-off sheet in places where Americans might see them. Click here.
  • Spread this information out to other expat groups and in all your circles of American friends and acquaintances.
  • Remind your friends and family in the U.S. to register to vote: https://iwillvote.com/. They can verify their registration at this link and ensure they have not been purged. Purging has been a problem in many states, unfortunately.

UU’s in the U.S. are active in getting out the vote too. The UUA has a bold initiative, UU the Vote, created by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Side With Love team. It provides UUs a thoughtfully crafted “plug-and-play” opportunity to bring our democratic values to life in the crucial struggle to build a genuine multiracial democracy. UU the Vote engages people in voter registration, issue education, get-out-the-vote drives, voter protection, state leadership development, and more. In 2024, it progressed and shifted from just election-year organizing to year-round movement-building work toward building a truly inclusive democracy.

Democracy only works if we all participate, and there’s a great deal at stake this year. Thank you for being a part of democracy in action and happy voting!