Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
Fri, March 13, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
By Hope Bradberry
The annual general membership meeting of Democrats Abroad San Miguel will be held on March 13 at Teatro Santa Ana at La Biblioteca. This year there is special programming planned to inspire and inform local members. The meeting will begin with a screening of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote by Brave New Films, a documentary by Robert Greenwald that weaves personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm elections. “Voter suppression is the story of the 2018 election in Georgia, and the documentary Suppressed tells that story in vivid, powerful detail. Suppressed reminds us all that we can fight together to achieve a future where all Americans can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote,” according to Stacey Abrams. The meeting will include information designed to inspire our members who want to advocate in the community to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) and to help their neighbors, friends, book groups, yoga classes, and others get ready to vote for the November election. “It is never too soon to get started! We really want to get our members fired up to Get Out the Vote! We cannot take our elections for granted or the right to vote, so we hope members will attend,” added Barbara Erickson, GOTV Chair, Democrats Abroad San Miguel de Allende Chapter. There will also be a business portion of the meeting where new bylaws and interim officers and members-at-large appointments are presented for ratification. If you would like to attend, but are not already a member, feel free to join us.
US citizens living abroad did not gain the right to vote through legislation until The Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act of 1975 was passed. In November 1978, Congress modified the Overseas Citizens Voting Rights Act to make clear that exercising a vote in a federal election would not, by itself, cause any state, local, or federal tax consequences. In 1986, Congress passed the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), which laid the legal basis for a vast expansion of access to voting by Americans residing abroad. This breakthrough legislation has swept away almost all important legal obstacles to absentee voting by US citizens abroad.