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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, May 25, 2004 Voting requests increase among U.S. expatriates
PARIS -- Americans in Europe are signing up to vote in the November election in record numbers, energized by the war in Iraq and strong feelings about President Bush. Democrats Abroad, a group started in London and Paris in 1964, said its membership in Paris has doubled in one year. "We can't keep up with the voting requests, not only from Democrats but from independents, from Republicans, and even from people who haven't voted since the '60s," Chairwoman Connie Borde said. The Paris-based chairman of Republicans Abroad Europe, Robert Pingeon, said he, too, has seen a "100 percent increase" in the number of expatriate Americans registering to vote through its Web site ( ... Organizations such as American Voices Abroad (AVA), a nonpartisan coalition of U.S. civil rights and antiwar groups that has chapters across Europe, also have seen their memberships multiply. "There is a sort of renaissance of American civic consciousness going on," said Colin King, an AVA campaign organizer based in Berlin. "The cause is a painful recognition that we have an administration that does not even feel confined by the most basic rules of our Constitution and traditions of foreign policy," he said.

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International Herald Tribune, March 6, 2004 Groups of irate expat Yankees join forces to protest Bush's policies
Christian Science Monitor from the January 07, 2004 edition From afar, Americans try to steer presidential election
BBC News World Edition Expat Americans launch vote drive
BBC WORLD RADIO Jan.19th, 2004 "Europe Today" Read Transcript
Radio Prague, 11 Nov. 2003 (text plus audio report) American opposition abroad convenes in Prague
PRAGUE POST, Jan. 15th 2003 Outside looking in Preserving American democracy is still a job for Americans living abroad
Idaho Observer, Dec. 2003 American Voices Abroad established to promote peace and cooperative coexistence Coalition of American ex-patriots form to oppose current U.S. foreign and domestic policies
BBC Transcript:  
Announcer: “The Czech Republic may sound an unlikely center for a campaign to unseat President Bush, but expatriate Americans in Prague have launched a drive to do just that. An organization called American Voices Abroad wants as many expats as possible to register to vote in the American elections and then vote against the President. Today and on Tuesday the Democrats in the United States start the formal process of choosing their candidate. In Prague for Europe Today, here's Alix Kroeger. Alix -
Alix: Well, the Globe Bookstore in Prague grew out of the American expat scene of the early 1990s -- Paris of the 1920s recreated in Bohemia. Not very political. But it's a bit different now. The Globe is the setting for a voter registration drive by American Voices Abroad. When I went down there earlier today, I asked organizer Gwen Albert what they were hoping to achieve.
Gwen: What this is about is the response of US citizens who live outside of the United States to the current policies of the Bush administration, particularly as regards foreign policy, but also as regards domestic legislation, in particular, the USA PATRIOT Act, which severely threatens rights which are guaranteed to us by the Constitution.
Alix: So are you trying basically to get votes to get Bush out?
Gwen: We're trying to get votes that have some substance and meaning behind them. We're trying to remind people that it's up to them who is elected - or should be up to them who is elected -- and that they should base their selection on principles that they wish to see adhered to.
Alix: So is this basically encouraging people to sign up and vote Democrat?
Gwen: No, we are a nonpartisan organization and many of us very strongly believe that people's political affiliations are their own business. We are not here to do any advertising for or against any particular party. I personally would say that parties are a part of the problem in the United States, rather than the solution. I would like to see a resurgence of the independent voter whom candidates don't take for granted.
Alix: What's been the effect of the Bush administration on Americans living abroad? There's a lot of anger in Europe about the war in Iraq, how has that affected you and the other Americans you know around here?
Gwen: Well, when you live abroad you cannot escape having your nationality plastered on your forehead and like it or not, people are going to immediately turn to you for an explanation of the behavior of your country, especially when you're from the world's only superpower. It means that we have had to face -- I'd say, on an hourly basis given the news of the last three years -- what it means to be American, what we want that to mean, and the vision of the United States that is being projected right now to the rest of the world is definitely at odds with the vision that most of the Americans I know have about how our country should behave in the world.
Alix: That was Gwen Albert from American Voices Abroad. All in all they are hoping to get 100,000 expats around the world to sign their pledge. Back to you, Jackie.”