for the ex-patriate yanks who want to vote

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    Here's how:

    A couple of years ago, you joined MoveOn as part of a massive response by citizens around the world to oppose George Bush's policy of pre-emptive war. While we didn't succeed in stopping war in Iraq (and it's sadly clear how well-founded our concerns were), this extraordinary coming together of people around the world is still an emerging and powerful voice for world peace.

    In the U.S., citizens that opposed the war have joined with others concerned about the environment, fiscal policy, women's rights and social justice, mobilizing as never before to register voters and make sure we elect candidates who represent us on these values. Only 51% of the potential U.S. voters showed up at the polls in 2000. This year all American voices need to be heard, but there are millions of Americans who live outside the U.S. who are not yet registered to vote. Deadlines for requesting voter registration forms are fast approaching, and the votes that come in from U.S. citizens overseas could be pivotal.

    Are you a U.S. citizen, or do you know any Americans that might need overseas voter registration information?

    You can get all the information you need and even fill out absentee ballot forms online by visiting:

    According to an article in the major U.S. newspaper USA Today, overseas votes could make a big impact on the upcoming election:

    "The ultimate Bush-Kerry battleground for the presidency may be overseas, and both sides are geared up to mobilize the expatriate vote. An estimated 4 million to 10 million U.S. citizens live abroad. Those older than 18 are entitled to have their absentee votes counted in the state where they last lived, no matter how long ago that was. Polls suggest razor-thin margins in several battleground states, and votes coming in from abroad could make the difference."

    If you're a U.S. citizen, you can use the URL above to easily register to vote. If you're not a citizen but you know someone who is, please pass this email on. It's clear that this year, every vote counts.

    Thank you,

    --Wes Boyd, Joan Blades and the team
    September 28th, 2004

    P.S. The link in this message is intended for use solely by United States citizens. If you receive this message and are not a United States citizen you cannot vote in United States elections. You're welcome to pass it on to a friend who is a U.S. citizen, though.
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