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US Midterm Candidates Discuss Americans Overseas
AARO have asked candidates in the US Midterms to explain their policy on issues affecting US Citizens residing overseas
Ahead of the 2018 US Midterm elections, the Association of Americans Resident Abroad (AARO) have been asking candidates for House and Senate seats in nine states for their responses to issues affecting US Citizens who reside overseas. Candidates for House and Senate seats in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Washington were sent a link to an online questionnaire which included three questions for them to answer:
Question 1. Would you commit to working with Americans residing abroad to reform the current citizenship-based US tax system?
Question 2. Would you support online access to government agencies and adequate funding for consular functions upon which Americans abroad rely?
Question 3. Would you support an enforceable right for all US citizens to a US bank account so they can retain their US savings and retirement accounts and make and receive payments in the United States?
The nine states which form this pilot survey were chosen because of their large numbers of Americans who live abroad. The survey link was sent to all Republican, Democrat and third party candidates still in the race after the primary election in each state.
Responses have started to be published on the AARO website - with all responses being "posted as received ... with no editing or corrections".
The survey is a unique chance to hear directly from candidates in key districts on their response to the big issues affecting US Citizens who live overseas. The survey is also another example of a growing campaign to raise awareness among political figures in the United States of the issues that specifically affect Americans who live outside of the US.
US Tax Firm Greenback Tax recently highlighted the importance of the Overseas American vote in these upcoming Midterms, with Florida and Pennsylvania in particular being "Too close to call" in the 2016 US Presidential Election. AARO's survey is another reminder that the votes of Overseas Americans do matter, and that the issues that face Americans living abroad can play an important part in 2018's Midterms.
Keep an eye on AARO's web page for this survey at www.aaro.org/election-2018-candidate-statements-for-expat-americans to keep up to date with incoming responses from candidates in these nine states, and if you've yet to register your overseas ballot, go to the FVAP website, https://www.fvap.gov/ for more information on registering your overseas ballot for this November's Midterms.