Happy Independence Day, and good news for Americans living abroad

July 4th, 2012

Because I blogged my reaction to proposed rules that Americans living abroad be required to state on applications for absentee ballots if we intend to return to the U.S., I should blog that the agency responsible for those proposed rules has reversed course, and such a declaration will not be required. The reversal was, in large part, the result of “the vocal concerns of American expatriates.”

Americans living abroad on this Independence Day, remember we still have our voices, wherever in the world we might find ourselves. We’re still citizens of a land we love, however nuanced that love might become. We still file our taxes and we still have our vote. We’re still Americans, with the right to peaceably assemble and petition our government for a redress of grievances. Sometimes, when we do, it even still works.

Do you belong to or donate to Democrats Abroad, Republicans Abroad, American Citizens Abroad, or Overseas Vote Foundation? Maybe today is the right day to look into these organizations that help us hold on to all of our rights, in all the four corners of the world.

Happy Independence Day wherever you find yourself today. Wave your flag.