The Expat Cast

Voting Rights Abroad with Duncan

October 11, 2018

Season 1, Episode 15. Did you know that American citizens, no matter where they are in the world, are eligible to vote? With the upcoming November 6 election in the United States in mind, The Expat Cast sits down with Duncan Gromko, an American voting rights enthusiast in Freiburg, Germany. Host Nicole talks with Duncan about how to register, request a ballot, and vote from wherever you are in the world. With congress's recent appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court despite Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against him, Americans on both sides of the aisle are seeing in real-time the importance of voting, even in non-Presidential election years, like 2018. Americans can check out the links in the show notes to find out how to register and vote in the upcoming midterm election for the Senate, House of Representatives, and local matters. Historically, only 4% of the estimated 9 million Americans living abroad vote in midterm elections. Let's do better this time, fellow American expats!

Starting at  22:20, Duncan talks about the non-profit Wahlkreis 100%, which advocates for non-EU citizens' right to vote in local elections in Germany. Duncan shares why he's involved with this group and believes in their mission, how others can get involved, and what impact a non-EU citizen vote would have on local matters. We touch on common pros and cons relevant to the debate, and discuss what stipulations might be needed for voting rights to be granted.

 

RESOURCES

Vote from Abroad, a website that helps Americans living abroad register to vote and request a ballot https://www.votefromabroad.org/vote/home.htm

Voter registration deadlines for all 50 states, from Vox https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/7/17947768/voter-registration-deadline-verify-2018-midterms and from the New York Times, as referenced in the episode https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/06/us/politics/state-voter-registration-deadlines.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

Freiburger Wahlkreis 100%, the non-profit Duncan works with regarding non-EU citizen's voting rights http://wahlkreis100.de/sites/home.htm

U.S. Midterm Election Night Party hosted by the Carl-Schurz-Haus, for those in and around Freiburg http://www.carl-schurz-haus.de/veranstaltungen/einzelansicht.html?tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Byear%5D=2018&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bmonth%5D=11&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bday%5D=06&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bevent%5D=596&cHash=557fe94f8d197ed2729f2f96c21df84a

U.S. Post Midterm Election Breakfast hosted by the Carl-Schurz-Haus, for those in and around Freiburg (who prefer sleeping to watching the results spill in but still want to discuss things) http://www.carl-schurz-haus.de/veranstaltungen/einzelansicht.html?tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Byear%5D=2018&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bmonth%5D=11&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bday%5D=07&tx_tdcalendar_pi1%5Bevent%5D=597&cHash=28b5342fdee0481e24286756460dec1e

For those not in Freiburg, there may be similar non-profits and events in your area. If you know of any you'd like The Expat Cast to help publicize, tag us on social media and we'll repost it.

 

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