Tuesday, 6 November 2012

#globalhub November: Voting from Abroad

When deciding to take an international assignment, you rarely discuss how you will feel about losing your vote. When you start to understand how political living in another country can be, you start to question why you are excluded from the system.

Foreign policy has a larger impact on your daily life when you are abroad. People have strong opinions on politics and you can be forced to represent your nation in absentia.

Most expats pay taxes in their host country, but don’t get voting rights. It is difficult to come to terms with losing your rights, especially if you have grown-up in a young country where your rights are protected under a constitution.

The US Presidential Election is one of the elections that you can vote in if you are an American citizen living abroad. The states have different ways of collecting your vote, but it can be counted. You might feel that your vote is unimportant because you belong to a small group, but the US expat vote could have been used to decide the outcome of the 2000 election.

The questions for this month’s #globalhub:

Q1: Is it easy for you to vote from abroad?

Q2: Why do you want to vote if you live abroad?

Q3: Does it make a difference who runs your country if you aren’t living there?

Q4: Does your party affiliation change depending on the nation you live in?

Q5: What’s the most noticeable difference between the political systems in your home and host country?

Q6: Who do the people where you are in the world want to win the US Presidential #election2012 and why?

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