Born on the 4th of July — Israeli Style

American FREEDOM came at a cost. A political upheaval called the American Revolution in which colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America.

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security.”  Benjamin Franklin

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies. In honor of US Independence Day (July 4th) and Canada Day (July 1st), AACI will be holding Independence Day celebrations around the country.  Great way to meet and greet, plus obtain American voting information. 

AACI Jerusalem — Thursday, June 30, 15:00-19:00 Jerusalem Biblical Zoo.  Become a member of AACI between June 26 – June 30 and get free tickets to the celebration.

AACI Netanya — Monday, July 4th at noon.  Pre-booking is essential

AACI South  Thursday, July 7, 5-9 p.m.   Big Park in Hei, Beer Sheva

AACI Tel Aviv — Thursday, July 7, 18:30 p.m.   Bograshov Beach.  Registration AACI:  03-696 0389 or aacicentralregion@gmail.com

One of the most important rights of American citizens abroad is the right to vote.  During the 2016 election cycle, a number of important offices will be decided by YOU, an OVERSEAS voter.  YOU have the opportunity to vote for President and Vice President, 34 seats in the U.S. Senate, and 434 seats in the U.S. House of Representative.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”   Abraham Lincoln

Whether you are new to voting or have never voted before, now is your time to speak up and voice your opinion.  Majority of states require voters to submit a new Absentee Ballot Request for every election. Just because you voted in 2012, don’t think you automatically are eligible to vote in 2016.  It is easy to complete the form online, print, sign, and mail it to the address listed under your State in the State Instructions. Always follow-up with your Election Official to confirm receipt.

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.  Does not matter if you no longer own property, or if where you lived is now a parking lot.

As an American born overseas, can I vote? As of this writing, 37 states* allow U.S. citizens, 18 years or older, who were born abroad, but have never resided in the United States to be eligible to vote absentee. Voting address in the United States will be the last U.S. residence of a U.S. citizen parent.

If both parents are US citizens from different states, the child has the option to choose either State he/she wishes to vote and uses that parents last address in the US.

States vary in their voter registration identification requirements, and most commonly those are 1) the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN); 2) a valid state driver’s license.

*(Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington (State), West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming)

Happy Independence Day and Canada Day!!

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine

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

About the Author
Andee Goldman moved to Israel in 2006 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2008, she has volunteered with Overseas Vote; which offers online voting information for your state, candidate information, contact information for your local election office, absentee ballot request form with information on how to return, and much more. Andee is available to answer your voting questions at votingfromabroad@gmail.com As an Israeli, she has become a history buff and enjoys sharing her experience and travels around Israel.
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