Wednesday, August 06, 2008
American? Living overseas? YOU CAN VOTE FROM ABROAD!
On Monday, actress Gwyneth Paltrow will debut in her newest film: a two minute advertisement on behalf of Democrats Abroad, an official party organization that persuades the millions of Democratic voters living outside the country's borders to participate in domestic politics.
The spot, titled 'Where In The World Will YOU Vote?' implores expatriates to ignore the usual excuses and lethargies and cast ballots in the '08 election...preferably for Obama.
-- Sam Stein, The Huffington Post
From 'Democrats Abroad Launches Global Voter Drive For Obama' announcement --
Washington, DC (4th August 2008) - With hundreds of thousands of new or unregistered US voters living around the world, the London-based actor Gwyneth Paltrow and Democrats Abroad, the official state party representing American Democrats living overseas, are scouring the planet for every possible Obama vote with a major new campaign that launches today featuring a video and a series of events around the world.
Through the 'Where In The World Will YOU Vote?' video, which debuted today on the popular American political blog, The Huffington Post, as well as live and virtual 'Search Parties' in London, Paltrow and the group plan to deliver an unprecedented turnout for the Democratic ticket on the 4th of November. Additional 'Search Parties' are also planned for other major cities with high numbers of resident Americans in the coming weeks.
Paltrow, as well as non-celebrity voters, appear in the video to demystify the registration process and to encourage voters to engage in time to participate in the November 4th US general election. The brief video was directed by Jaci Judelson, a native New Yorker now in Paris, whose credits include international television campaigns for The Gap, Volvic, Ralph Lauren and Nokia, among others.
Democrats Abroad, the overseas branch of the US Democratic Party, will host 'search parties' in major cities around the world to identify and engage Americans through friends and family and through social network applications such as Facebook. The group also has a website to help voters navigate the registration process.
"This is a critical election, and we urge all Americans living abroad to request ballots now. We hope that this video along with our other efforts will help Americans, including over 200,000 American students studying abroad, vote for change this fall," said Christine Schon Marques, International Chair, Democrats Abroad.
Democrats Abroad Multimedia Chair and Video Producer Caitlin Kraft Buchman said: "We know the missing voters are out there, between Toronto and Timbuktu, and they can't cast ballots without registering. We won't give up until we find them - with this video, through a friend or at one of the Search Parties we'll be hosting in the run up to Election Day."
With members in more than 160 countries around the globe, Democrats Abroad holds eight positions on the Democratic National Committee and will send a voting delegation of 22 delegates from around the world to the Democratic National Convention, August 25-28, 2008.
In 2004, Democrats Abroad helped register approximately 250,000 overseas voters in person and online.
VoteFromAbroad.org was launched in 2006 and is available in both English and Spanish.
More than 7 million Americans live overseas.
The countries with the most resident Americans are Canada, Mexico, UK and Germany.
Four of the biggest swing states (Florida, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania) are among the Top Ten for number of overseas ballots requested.
Deadlines to register and request a ballot vary from state to state. Allowing for postal delivery, the practical deadline is around October 4, 2008.
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