"Every man has two countries, his own and France"...but I vote in the USA!
Every man has two countries, his own and France. - Thomas Jefferson
I have two loves, my country and Paris. - Josephine Baker
America is my country and Paris is my hometown. - Gertrude Stein
With the presidential elections fast approaching in the United States, Mlle Ella Coquine and I braved the inclement weather and made our way to Shakespeare & Company to register to vote yesterday morning. Thanks to the patient guidance of Tony Paschall from the Union of Overseas Voters, I was able to correctly complete my form on the second, or perhaps the third, attempt. On October 6, I'll write the name of the person whom I want to lead the United States for the next four years on my absentee ballot and mail it to the United States secure in the knowledge that my voice will be heard all of the way from France.
While the U.S. Department of State does not know the exact number of Americans living abroad, estimates put the number at 6.32 million, excluding the military. There are approximately 100,000 US citizens residing in France.
If you live abroad, it's not too late to register to vote. Please click here to go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. But hurry, there are only 41 more days until the 2012 presidential election.
|Even coquines vote! Here's Mlle Ella with an American flag in her hair feeling very patriotic after registering to vote yesterday morning.|