Voting in the US as an "ex-pat"

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    Nov 15, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    So I received US citizenship a few years back thanks to my dad... now Im wondering....

    I heard you can vote in the US as a citizen even if you live abroad.... I'm gonna vote in the nexxt elections, but I understand there is also a voting process for the House up in the US

    Now somebody pls enlighten me....

    For voting for people in the house.. ho does it work, do you have to cast your vote at a state level, or federal? Can yu vote for those as a citizen abroad? Or canI only vote in presi How do the members of the American governing bodies get elected... and what is the federal structure compared to state structure?

    So please educate me guys, I d like to know how I can participate in this crazy thing called the US democracy...

    Peace and Love,

    PAS
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    Nov 15, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    http://www.fvap.gov/

    I think you have to have a legal residence in the US.
    http://www.fvap.gov/faq.html#ocq2Your "legal state of residence" for voting purposes is the state or territory where you last resided immediately prior to your departure from the United States. This applies to overseas citizens even though you may not have property or other ties in your last state of residence and your intent to return to that state may be uncertain.

    Some states allow children of U.S. citizens residing overseas who are U.S. citizens but who have never resided in the U.S., to claim one of their parent's legal state of residence as their own. Check out our list of states allowing this.


    The rest you have to just read on your own...pick up any 6th grade US Civics textbook. icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    You should really do something useful with your time, instead of voting in an election with nothing to vote for. *Especially* given your political ideas.
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    Nov 16, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    An Ex-Pat?

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    Nov 16, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    You can only vote for FEDERAL offices if you live outside the U.S., and even then, your vote counts in the district/state for house/senate seats that you were registered in BEFORE you left the United States or the state of your residence. For citizens living abroad who were never registered to vote in the U.S. before, I'm not quite sure.

    And you missed the boat until at least 2012.
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    Nov 16, 2010 3:42 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said

    The rest you have to just read on your own...pick up any 6th grade US Civics textbook. icon_razz.gif


    Lol if those existed outside of the states I could right?
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    Nov 16, 2010 3:43 AM GMT
    hyperionx saidYou can only vote for FEDERAL offices if you live outside the U.S., and even then, your vote counts in the district/state for house/senate seats that you were registered in BEFORE you left the United States or the state of your residence. For citizens living abroad who were never registered to vote in the U.S. before, I'm not quite sure.

    And you missed the boat until at least 2012.


    A, see now I would have had no clue when these things are, thanks
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    Nov 16, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    Tazo995 saidYou should really do something useful with your time, instead of voting in an election with nothing to vote for. *Especially* given your political ideas.


    Lol, because my political ideas are green... I highly doubt voting is useless babe! So with all my affection... icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 16, 2010 3:57 AM GMT
    only useless if you have no idea what you would be voting for or talking about....which is what it sounds like
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    Nov 16, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    Mike85284 saidonly useless if you have no idea what you would be voting for or talking about....which is what it sounds like


    I dont, correctly noted.... the only thing I know is that there are two main parties... thats why Im asking...
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    Nov 16, 2010 5:57 AM GMT
    Yes my American companion of over 20 years is American born, thus still an American Citizen. But since he has called Oz home for over 20 years now, and may well never call America home agin, he is now an ex pat american too. But..............this is also how I get an American vote, as he was not voting, but now he takes the steps to register to do so, and allows one to choose. So I to get a say.icon_cool.gificon_lol.gificon_wink.gif

    So my vote goes to the better of America, and not my personal wants. Remember if America looses it's freedom, I as an Aussie may well too!
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    Nov 16, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/index.html
    Fairly simplistic but accurate description of US Government.
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    Nov 16, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
    True_blue_aussie saidYes my American companion of over 20 years is American born, thus still an American Citizen. But since he has called Oz home for over 20 years now, and may well never call America home agin, he is now an ex pat american too. But..............this is also how I get an American vote, as he was not voting, but now he takes the steps to register to do so, and allows one to choose. So I to get a say.icon_cool.gificon_lol.gificon_wink.gif

    So my vote goes to the better of America, and not my personal wants. Remember if America looses it's freedom, I as an Aussie may well too!



    Lies, lies, lies. All lies, Aunty Jack Pattison. All your bitching about American politics you do in these threads and you, not a citizen of the U.S., has been voting in our elections and this is the first time you mention it? It is just something you made up when you saw this thread and it put the idea in your head. I think we all know that if you had really been voting in our elections, you couldn't have resisted telling us about it before now. I seriously doubt your expat American boyfriend is really still voting in U.S. elections. I even have doubts you have an American boyfriend or even a boyfriend from anywhere.