Why Voting is Important & How to do it from Abroad

Samantha Tigner
Samantha Tigner
Why Voting is Important & How to do it from Abroad

The United States 2020 presidential election has been declared "The most important election in U.S. history" by Biden supporters, Trump supporters, historians and the media alike. The estimation is that 4 in 10 eligible voters did not note in the 2016 presidential election, putting the...

The United States 2020 presidential election has been declared "The most important election in U.S. history" by Biden supporters, Trump supporters, historians and the media alike. The estimation is that 4 in 10 eligible voters did not note in the 2016 presidential election, putting the United States far behind most developed countries when it comes to voter participation. "My vote doesn't matter" and "I don't know how" are the most common excuses that I hear from that forty percent, both within the United States and abroad, the first simply being untrue and the latter 100% solvable with the right resources. My family has always stressed the importance of participation in our democracy but when I moved abroad I almost didn't vote in 2018 because I didn't know how and now, after some simple research and resources on-hand, I get to help people vote every day.

You will walk away from this chat with:

  • A better understanding about why voting is so important
  • Tips to help those around you get to the polls

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Samantha Tigner
Samantha Tigner
Samantha is extremely passionate about political efficacy and volunteers as the Secretary, Social Media Manager and ‘get out the vote’ Coordinator for Democrats Abroad - Argentina. After earning a BA in Politics & Government and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Puget Sound she moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where she works as the Resident Director of an educational tourism company and a freelance translator. When this Minnesota native and Washington state voter isn't helping folks register to vote, she's drawing, crocheting, cooking and exploring while she should be doing her Farsi homework.
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