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Celebrating 45 Years of Voting from Overseas


The Importance of the American Abroad Vote


In 1975 American civilians living abroad secured the right to vote via absentee ballot when the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act was passed by Congress allowing Americans living abroad to vote for candidates running for Federal offices.



Although passed in 1975, the work began back in the 1950s with the advocacy efforts of several overseas American organizations.

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Remind the candidates running that your vote counts just as much as those who live in the US and that their stances on the issues that matter to you will determine how you vote: