US Presidential Debate Series – Part 1

Just in case you didn’t watch the Presidential Debates I’m bringing them to you here. For anyone Black Expat voter who is still undecided the time is nigh for you to make a choice. These debate will help you make a choice. There is also a wealth of information on Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s websites. Check Obama’s and McCain’s voting records as well.

The candidates debate over foreign policy and the economy.

Your absentee ballot vote is critical.

Your vote is critical. Register now at Vote From Abroad

Twenty-five states, including nine swing states ??? Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, ??? have registration deadlines in the next two weeks.
Voters in the following states (who have not yet registered and/or requested their ballots) must ensure that their FPCAs are sent in NOW!

Oct. 4 ??? Illinois, Nevada, South Carolina
Oct. 5 ??? Alaska, Mississippi
Oct. 6 ??? Colorado, DC, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wyoming
Oct. 8 ??? Missouri
Oct. 10 ??? Idaho, New York

All of these states except for NY and WY will accept faxed FPCAs. Please use the following US fax number: +1-703-693-5527 (the toll free numbers in many parts of the world do not work). All faxes are received in Virginia by the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The FVAP will log in the date and time that the fax was received and then forward it on to your local election official. For deadline purposes, your form is deemed received when it arrives on the FVAP’s fax machine, but you still must MAIL the original form to your local election official.

Exceptions: NY and WY do NOT accept faxes. The only way to meet the deadlines for NY and WY is to ensure that your original FPCA arrives in the local election office by mail no later than the deadline. (NY and WY will also accept FPCAs by commercial courier.) NOTE: FPCAs need NOT carry a foreign postmark!

Later Deadlines: The other states have later registration deadlines. Check them here: Democrats Abroad and watch for our forthcoming Voter Alerts. You can expect these every few days through October.
To check the status of your registration, check Democrats Abroad. If your state is not listed, contact your local election official. You can find this information at Vote Smart.

Black American Expats – Don’t miss your deadline to request your absentee ballot

In order to vote absentee ballot in the November election you must request your ballot from your State before it’s deadline.

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The Proud Black Voter Blog has a great post including all of the State deadlines. Click on their badge above directly to the post. Read that post today and take action. Use to request your ballot online.

Be sure to let your fellow Expats know time is running out for them to do the same.

Want to do more? Find a way to get people in the US to the polls. Be a community organizer.

Race and the US Presidential Election – an expat in London

Candace Allen

Candace Allen, Kenan Malik David Roediger will discuss Race and the US Presidential election on Tuesday 23 September 2008, 7.45pm at the Southbank Centre in London.

Barack Obama’s presidential nomination has put race on the US political agenda like never before. Candace Allen and David Roediger discuss the rise of Obama and racial politics both in recent history and today, looking at migration, the economy and recent emblematic events such as Hurricane Katrina. Candace Allen is a novelist, screenwriter and political campaigner, who has written widely on the challenges of the Obama candidacy. Kenan Malik’s controversial book Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate, opens up the debate about genetics and multicultural societies. David Roediger is the author of the newly published How Race Survived US History.

Book here.