Czech Culture & Adaptation

Choosing to vote

September 14, 2012
scrabble letters spell vote

Request a ballot and make your voice heard from overseas

Sitting in a café overlooking Václavské náměstí, I watched as Samuel crawled along the window sill pretending to be a puppy and tried to rein my focus back to the voting process my friend Julia was detailing. “It’s not hard for Americans to vote from abroad,” she said. “But the process has changed and most people don’t know that they have to request their ballots in order to vote – plus deadlines are coming up soon.” Although the November 6, 2012 election date still seemed distant to me, Julia’s excitement was infectious, so I listened to learn more. Politics isn’t a natural interest of mine, but nonetheless, I feel a sense of responsibility to cast a vote.

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