Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Tuesday, April 15:
Our three main objectives at OAW this year are (i) building support for voting legislation, (ii) building support for tax legislation and (iii) increasing the size of the Americans Abroad Caucus.
On the voting issue, we've got some exciting action taking place on the Hill today that you are all welcome to tune in to watch.
Here's the short version of our voting story:
Back in the early 1970s, overseas Americans didn't even have the right to vote. In the mid-70s that all changed and now we can -- theoretically -- vote from abroad. But that rights comes with all sorts of technical problems attached to it.
There are two pieces of legislation pending on the voting issue and a hearing has been scheduled for today at 11 am that we will be attending and our friends at the Overseas Vote Foundation will be testifying at. If you'd like to watch the hearing live, visit the website of the Committee on House Administration at http://cha.house.gov at that hour and, if all goes well and their website has fewer kinks in it than the voting laws have themselves, then you'll be able to watch live video.
Posted by Andy Coyne at 6:31 AM