Do Overseas U.S. Citizens Vote?

I have already told you that I voted in an earlier post. But do other adult U.S. Citizens living overseas vote? Not very many! It is as bad or worse than the voting record of those living in the states. Here is an official U.S. Government voting statistics report with cool graphs showing how many and who votes of the 5.7 million total Americans living overseas (counting children): 

2.6 million are of voting age (18+) and most of those are not even registered to vote. Meaning that in 2014 only 4% of that 2.6 million voted! Shameful! But of the ones who are registered to vote (like me) we have a better record than many states or cities within the U.S. with 57% voting! These stats are based on the 2014 election and not necessarily what will happen this year. And it is now too late to vote absentee from Costa Rica. 
There are a lot of other interesting facts shown in the colorful graphs, so follow the above link to see more. 
Costa Rica has the 8th largest group of U.S. Expats. And San Jose, Costa Rica has the 6th largest group of U.S. expats of any city, with 3 of those 6 in Canada; meaning only Tel Aviv and London have more American citizens than San Jose (outside Canada). Interesting! And Costa Rica had the 8th largest turnout of expat voting in 2014. 

I Voted Today!

Yep! I voted “Absentee” today and tomorrow will put this envelope in the mail.
It will arrive in Nashville in a week to 10 days and be counted in November.
Overseas citizens vote in the last voting district they lived in before moving.
Meaning I will probably vote the rest of my life in Hermitage, Tennessee!
I am shocked by the number of so-called “U.S. Citizens” who do not vote,
both here in Costa Rica and those still living in the states. Shameful!
I consider it a duty, a moral obligation, a responsibility of a citizen!

Voting is a civic sacrament. 
~Theodore Hesburgh
“Half the American people never read a newspaper. 
Half never vote for President – the same half?”
~ Gore Vidal in “Screening History,” published 1992. 
”It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government
 except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” 
~ Winston Churchill, on the floor of Parliament in November 1947.