US people living overseas urged to register to vote
The Union of Overseas Voters is looking to ensure US citizens get the chance to vote in the forthcoming presidential and congressional elections.
So much so that they they have set up a presence at the famous Shakespeare and Company book shop in Paris with volunteers on hand to pass on advice on the first and third Saturday of every month, from 2 to 5pm.
Tony Paschall, of the Union of Overseas Voters, said: "Of the 6.32 million American voters overseas, more than 30,000 reside in France and that number does not include dual nationals.
"Our efforts to empower voters will be ongoing, and include civic education and voting rights advocacy. At the same time, we will be training like-minded citizens as Voting Assistant Officers to help assure that no American voter is disenfranchised."
The Union of Overseas Voters says people should file a request for absentee ballots every year to ensure they receive ballots for all elections in which they are eligible to vote.
In 2010 it was found that almost a third of overseas ballots were never mailed back to US election officials for counting, and the group hopes that by offering advice more people will have an input into the voting process.
The Union of Overseas Voters was founded in 2011 and is a non-partisan non-profit association registered under French law.