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Survey Reveals How American Expats Are Influencing the US Election

A study has found that overseas Americans could be voting in record numbers this year

Published on November 2, 2020

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A new poll has added to the views that overseas Americans could be voting in record numbers in this year's 2020 US Presidential Elections.

A survey of US expats, carried out by US tax firm Bambridge Accountants, found that 45% of eligible voters who had not voted in the 2012 or 2016 election said they will "definitely" vote this year. The findings follow on from recent observations, by both Democrats Abroad and Republicans Overseas, that more Americans who live outside of the States will be casting their ballot this year.

Speaking to Vice News, Julia Bryan, global chair of Democrats Abroad, recently said that "This is not just an election between two people ... This is about democracy and whether or not democracy stands in the United States. That's why it's so crucial for everyone".

Democrats Abroad reportedly saw an increase in web traffic of 270% compared to the 2016 campaign, while Vice reported that Republicans Overseas are also seeing added traffic to their website. Randy Yaloz, President of Republicans Overseas France, explained that "Young people are really out. I think everyone is motivated ... Americans abroad can make a really huge difference. I think we’ll play a role in some very key states."

Discussing Bambridge Accountant's findings, Alistair Bambridge said that "There will be record numbers of Americans overseas who will vote in the 2020 election. The feedback from our survey is that they do not agree with the policies in the US - the majority of US expats reported that they did not agree with how the current US Government has handled Coronavirus ... From our experience, increasingly Americans abroad are determined to vote out President Trump and the administration of the last four years and will be exercising their right to vote in record numbers."

For more information on Democrats Abroad, go to www.democratsabroad.org/, and for more information on Republicans Overseas, go to . For more tax insights from Bambridge Accountants, go to bambridgeaccountants.com/us-tax.

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