Election frenzy has hit Israel. Hillary or Trump? Four Presidential Debates have been scheduled to educate Americans living in Israel on both the Democratic and Republican platforms on issues that impact not only the 300,000 U.S. citizens living in Israel, but the 8 million Americans (excluding military) who live in 160-plus countries.

Elections present voters with important choices.   America’s national race could change the direction of the country and world’s politics.  It is a time to consider the issues which you care about and decide which candidate you support.

Overseas voters have concerns similar to those of domestic voters:
safety from terrorists, strong US economy, and the future of social security.

Laws have been passed that impacted many Americans living overseas.   Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), became effective on 1 January 2013.  Why are the innocent always hurt?  Should a couple who moved overseas as children and never worked in the United States have to go to the local US embassy at age 80 to apply for a Social Security card, because the bank in the foreign country in which they live had frozen their bank account until they provided a social security number for an American W-9 form?

What about American banks and Americans overseas?  Many American banks and credit card companies will not offer their products if you have a foreign address.   Several American banks that welcomed Americans overseas recently stopped offering products such as CD’s and Mutual Funds.   An American company that currently sells Israeli bonds to clients is not able to offer you the option of purchasing Israel bonds if your permanent address is in Israel and not in the United States.

US citizens who live in Israel hope to elect a president who will support Israel. Many have expressed concern why the US Consulate General Jerusalem is different from other US Consulate General and why their FB page is maintained only in the Arabic language?   What can be done to provide the same services to Israel?

How do voters go about comparing and then judging the candidates?    The best way is to learn the facts or truths.   Americans living in Israel want to be educated and are grateful to AACI and ESRA for sponsoring Presidential Debates in Israel. Republican Overseas Israel and Democrats Israel will represent their respective positions.

Thursday, September 8th @ 20:00     Netanya                            Netanya AACI’s    US Presidential Elections Campaign: Clinton and Trump.     Ir Yamim Community Center, 6 Benny Berman Street                Tickets: (09 8330950 or boxoffice@netanyaaaci.org.il
”Netanya AACI is here to help our members in all matters related to living in Israel, and to keep our members informed about issues as overseas residents of country of origin.”  Rachel Rubin Hirsch, Director Netanya AACI

Tuesday, September 20th @ 19:30 – Raanana
ESRA’s Republican Party or Democratic Party – Debate on the American Presidential Election
Kehillat Raanan, 94 Pardess Meshutaf, Raanana
Tickets: 09-748 2957
“ESRA’s aim is to help English speaking families and new immigrants by providing social, cultural, educational and civic activities.  We are proud to sponsor an American Presidential Debate in Israel.”

Tuesday, September 27th at 19:00 – Talpiot
AACI Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, Talpiot
To register, please call AACI at 02-566-1181

Monday, October 31st – Tel Aviv
AACI — Tel Aviv, exact details TBA: 02-566-1181
“AACI is dedicated to assisting its US members to participate fully in the American voting process. This year’s election has triggered much interest in voting. These voters many of whom have never voted before turn to AACI for assistance in registering to vote. AACI is proud that many US citizens in Israel will be fulfilling their democratic right with AACI assistance.”   David London, Executive Director AACI

Americans living in Israel are extremely interested in voting in 2016. Registration of voters from Israel is on the rise. “On our Overseas Vote site, Israel ranks 5th in terms of new sessions from all countries. On our US site, 4th. That is excellent and consistent. Up from 10th, ten years ago! Traffic to Overseas Vote from Israel has doubled since 2012. Compared to 2012, User Sessions in Israel are up 85%. This shows the interest of voters in Israel and how they are turning to a trusted long term source of voter services in Israel: Overseas Vote.”
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, Overseas Vote

Ready to vote, but you have not registered yet?

Your first step is to complete the registration and ballot request process – Get started now! Just complete the form online, save, print, sign, and transmit according to instructions.   Some States allow email; while others regular post.

What is my voting address?You will use the address of the last real home you had in the U.S.—where you actually resided—and that is referred to by election officials as your “voting residence address.” It is this address that defines your state and jurisdiction for voting. You can only have one residence/domicile at any given time.

States highly recommend you follow-up to make sure your request was received by your voting district and you are officially register to vote.

If you have any questions, you can reach Andee Goldman, at votingfromabroad@gmail.com or for your Absentee Ballot request

“No one has more at stake in this election than American citizens living overseas. Events around the world make clear that the global security environment is increasingly uncertain and volatile. Therefore, we must be more vigilant than ever in protecting American allies and interests overseas, most especially, Israel. Voting for those candidates with the experience and understanding of what it takes to keep Americans, both at home and abroad, safe is of critical importance this election season and I urge each of you to exercise your right to vote accordingly. Make your voices heard this November and vote!”
Dr. Joe Heck, candidate for US Senate