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Old 05-17-2004, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

If any of you know of any American citizen (who is preferably a Kerry supporter ) living abroad in your country, please feel free to send them these links for getting them registered to vote against this travesty of an administration. Even if you're not friends with these people, its just an email pushing them to practice democracy. So spread the word!!!!! We've got to do our part to get rid of this guy!

Democrats Abroad, www.democratsabroad.org

Republicans Abroad, www.republicansabroad.org

Registration forms (for all Americans living inside or outside the country) are downloadable at www.fvap.gov.

FYI: I attach here a valuable link to an article discussing the impact absentee ballots may have on the upcoming election. Feel free to forward them to any or all American citizens you know.

These things have to be done with plenty of time to spare since most of them have deadlines way before the actual election date, which is around Nov. 7th I think.

Don't be fooled by what anyone else is saying. Its going to be a close one. The Republicans are going to use every stinkin' trick in the book to get Bush re-elected. God knows they've done it before.

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Dems, GOP Target American Voters Abroad

Mon May 17, 8:33 AM ET

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press Writer

KLOSTERNEUBURG, Austria - Rubber ducks scribbled with the names of John Kerry (news - web sites) and George W. Bush bob and swirl down a babbling brook in this Vienna suburb.

"Go, John, go!" shouts a group of American expatriates, some using hockey sticks to give the Kerry ducks a helpful slap downstream. Not surprisingly, the Democrat wins by a waterslide.

The Federal Election Commission (news - web sites) wouldn't approve. But the Austrian chapter of Democrats Abroad says the mock race achieved its aim: to awaken the 7,000 Americans in Austria to the approaching U.S. presidential election, and get eligible voters to register.

Mindful of the recount fiasco that put Bush in the White House four years ago, Democrats and Republicans everywhere from Hong Kong to Hungary are aggressively targeting American expatriates, whose absentee ballots could prove decisive in a tight race.

With an estimated 3 million U.S. citizens of voting age living overseas, "We're like the 51st state," said Katie Solon, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native and Democrats Abroad volunteer in Austria. "We're riding a wave of renewed interest."

Strong anti-American sentiment overseas is driving U.S. citizens to register to vote, and both Democrats and Republicans could benefit. On the GOP side, a backlash against the anti-Bush fervor has attracted Republicans, while dismay over Bush's stewardship is getting Democrats who haven't voted for more than 30 years.

Republicans, who claim to dominate the overseas vote by a 3-to-1 margin, are mobilizing to ensure him a second term.

"It's difficult to be an American abroad now with the hatred around the world for the U.S. government and President Bush (news - web sites)," said Stephen O'Connor, who runs Republicans Abroad in Hungary, where an estimated 20,000 Americans live. "You need thick skin to be an American."

"What we're seeing, all of us, is this malaise, this feeling of anti-Americanism," said Nancy Galan, chairwoman of Republicans Abroad in Italy, home to an estimated 60,000 Americans of voting age.

Eileen Wilkinson, of the Rome chapter of Democrats Abroad Italy, said people have signed up "who haven't voted since Nixon in 1960 or McGovern in 1972."

In Hong Kong, Republicans Abroad is getting daily inquiries from the 50,000-strong U.S. expatriate community, vice chairman Mark Simon said. Bush's narrow victory over Al Gore (news - web sites) in 2000 has driven home the message that every vote matters, he said.

Canada, Mexico and Britain have the world's biggest American communities. Fourth is Germany, with roughly 250,000, and party activists are trying to draw interest with visits by former Vice President Dan Quayle (news - web sites) and Kerry's sister, Diana.

"We have 33 Senate races that are going to decide who controls Congress," said Ronald Schlundt, chairman of Democrats Abroad Germany. "Bush is almost certain to win Alaska, but it looks like a Democrat might win the Senate seat there. I registered someone from Alaska the other day."

Overseas voters can find it a hassle to get absentee ballots from their home states, and traditionally haven't played a key role in past presidential elections. Turnout in 2000 was 37 percent among expatriates, compared to 51.3 percent overall.

No one knows just how many Americans abroad intend to vote this time, since the party groups can only give them registration forms to mail to the U.S. county where they voted last.

But election fever runs strong. Democrats Abroad Thailand recently revived itself after lying dormant for 16 years. It now has chapters in Bangkok and the northern city of Chiang Mai, and has participated in conference calls with Kerry and former presidential hopefuls Howard Dean (news - web sites), Wesley Clark (news - web sites) and Dennis Kucinich (news - web sites).

"The response has been incredible," said the group's head, Gary Suwannarat.

Peter Kropp, a suburban Washington, D.C., native who works for a cosmetics company in Belgium, didn't vote in 2000.

He registered this year, he said, because he disagrees with the Bush administration's handling of the economy and the gay marriage issue — "and because I'm tired of always having to apologize for American behavior."
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Old 05-17-2004, 06:05 PM   #2
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It's especially important to get expats who are from key election states. OHIO or FLORIDA, to name just a couple!!! These will be close battles. As we all learned in 2000, the candidate who wins a state gets ALL the electoral votes, even if the vote is incredibly close.

If they are from New York, the New England States or other Democratic strongholds, there is little chance Kerry will lose there.
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Thats right Mister Q. The states of INDIANA and WEST VIRGINIA are also important.
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And California and New York........... AND Michigan!!
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Im going to keep bumping this for at least a week or so...
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Great Idea
We must make sure Bush, DOES NOT get re-elected at all costs!!
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I am a Kerry Supporter. The government needs to care more about the people of their country and the betterment for them and not for themselves and those they "favor". Thats one of the reasons i dont like Bush. I also dont like how he tries to force his "conservative christian" beliefs on everyone in the country. Not everone in this country is a self proclaimed conservative or christian and it would be nice if he realized that. I also dont like how he tries to hide the fact that the deficit is up to the trillions and also the fact that with the tax cut its not helping the middle class like he claims it is. I also dont understand why a president would want more than 1 constiutional amendment to take away rights of people living in this country. I think their are more important issues that need to be dealt with than if two people that love each other enough want to get married or that an athlete is taking steroids. Our President needs to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. America is turning against its logo "home of the free and land of the brave".
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They should let English people vote too seeing as Blair and Bush are more or less the same person.
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Interesting. I understand Blair is dramatically down in the polls and will step down eventually. Whats the deal with that Brits? Was Iraq his downfall?
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They should let English people vote too seeing as Blair and Bush are more or less the same person.
Then we know who'd win There would be no point in even counting the votes.
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They should let English people vote too seeing as Blair and Bush are more or less the same person.
I'm all for it!

I am so disappointed in Blair. Quite honestly, I do like him. I can't imagine what led him to support Bush. It is so very sad because had Blair not supported Bush, I think the U.S. would have been deterred.
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It is so very sad because had Blair not supported Bush, I think the U.S. would have been deterred.
So true. And Blair undoubtedly knew this as well and chose not to exercise a more cautionary approach to solving the WMD "problem", ie: going through the UN and practising containment --i think Blair really thought getting rid of Saddam was the real crux of the problem, and that a stable democratic state would naturally follow afterwards. I know both Bush and Blair are religious men but Blair definitely should have known better.

I believe Iraq will go through a massive period of infighting and civil war after the Americans pull most of their troops out, which is exactly why Bush Sr didnt want to mess with the country in the first place during the First Gulf war. And most experts on the topic agreed with his decision then as they do now . Iraq is going to go through a major bloody period of civil war and the americans, as well as the world, are going to be swept up into it one way or another. All thanks to Bush and Tony Blair.
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