The midterms are coming. And, as you may already be aware, voting as an American expat can be tricky. So, we’re here to help you get prepared in advance so that you can rest assured that your voice will be heard this November!
How Americans Living Abroad Can Vote
November 6, 2018, will be here in a blink, so it’s crucial to take action now. In order to help expats prepare for the election, Greenback has partnered with the Overseas Vote Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that helps Americans living abroad participate in elections. And, in exciting news, you can register to vote right on the Greenback website! Note: if you have already requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it, you can still vote by using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
Voting as an American expat only takes four simple steps:
- Register to vote
- Research the candidates
- Watch for your absentee ballot
- Make your voice heard (and submit your ballot early to ensure it has been received by November 6)!
Voting as an American Expat Is Important
Over 3,800 expats from around the globe took our survey this year, and they loudly and clearly said that they do not feel they are being fairly represented by the government (86.3% felt this way to be precise). Since expats don’t vote as a bloc, the very politicians who are paid to represent them often ignore their interests. However, as we’ve mentioned previously, many states are won in too-close-to-call elections, meaning that the expat vote could have a profound influence on the midterm outcomes. So, this election season, let’s get out our ballots and remind our elected officials that expats are still Americans – and they have the Federal Tax Return filing obligations to prove it! With tax changes coming down the pike almost daily, it’s more important than ever that expats make their voices heard.
Have Questions About Voting as an American Expat?
We’re here to help direct you to the right place. Contact us today, and we’ll help you along your expat journey.