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Posted: 10/26/2004 5:22:23 AM EST
maddezmom (1000+ posts) Tue Oct-26-04 09:38 AM
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U.S. Expats Jump on Planes to Vote in Home States


BERLIN (Reuters) - Determined to make sure their voices count, some American expatriates who missed registration deadlines or are worried about the reliability of absentee ballots are flying home next week just to vote.

Paying up to $1,300 for transatlantic journeys to states as far away as Arizona, at least five Americans in Europe believe Tuesday's presidential election is so important, and so close, that their votes are worth the expense and effort.


About six million expatriates are eligible but a complicated maze of different rules in each of the 50 states, delays in obtaining absentee ballots and concerns about the mail have left many who are eager to vote still nervously waiting for ballots.


While some are making frantic calls nothing like waiting till the last minute to state voting offices or groups representing overseas Democrats or Republicans, others have decided the only solution is to fly to the United States.
more:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=584&nci...



Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:25:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 5:26:25 AM EST by motown_steve]

Originally Posted By JIMBEAM:

Paying up to $1,300 for transatlantic journeys to states as far away as Arizona, at least five Americans in Europe believe Tuesday's presidential election is so important, and so close, that their votes are worth the expense and effort.





Link Posted: 10/26/2004 5:34:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 6:56:33 AM EST by Rabid_Coyote]
Too bad soldiers in Iraq won't have that option.

edited to fix to/too error
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 6:55:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By Rabid_Coyote:
To bad soldiers in Iraq won't have that option.



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