A record number of Americans overseas are expected to vote
by absentee ballot in this year’s November election, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday, Sept. 2.
About 3 million Americans of the 4.65 million overseas are
eligible – including roughly 550,000 military and other government personnel,
the news service said. Experts quoted by the press agency said that despite
claims by both parties, the expatriate community is about split evenly between
the two parties.
A number of those overseas Americans this year are truckers
working in Iraq, primarily for Kellogg, Brown & Root, a division of
The Democratic Party has set up a site specifically to court
overseas voters, www.overseasvote.com.
The site claims to have registered thousands of overseas citizens to vote in
the November contest.
And the GOP has been
active abroad as well. An organization called Republicans Abroad, which has
chapters in a number of foreign nations,
also has a presence on the Web at http://www.republicansabroad.com/index.html , and offers
registration services as well.
Today reported that the GOP organization plans to run ads for
voters to support President Bush’s re-election bid in newspapers that cater to
Americans overseas. Those ads will start to run after Labor Day.
Truckers or family members of truckers can register to vote
through a special Web site set up by OOIDA at www.truckvote.com. The Truck Vote effort
is designed to get as many truckers as possible registered to vote.