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Reader feedback: Keep the votes coming

Re: Americans in Bratislava active in US elections, By Amanda Surbey and Hank Jones, Sep 6-12, Vol 10, No 34

In response to the article on Republicans Abroad recently published in The Slovak Spectator, I would like to highlight the activities of another noteworthy group: Americans Overseas for Kerry (AOK - www.aokerry.com). AOK is a grassroots organisation dedicated to organising US citizens abroad who wish to support the Kerry-Edwards ticket and the Democratic Party.

AOK's activities focus on a variety of areas. For example, it conducts a letters home campaign, whereby Americans based overseas write letters to their hometown newspapers, sharing their unique perspective as Americans living and working abroad in these troubled times and expressing their support for John Kerry.

An estimated four to seven million Americans live overseas, individuals who have the potential to determine the outcome of the 2004 election, which promises to be a close race. Because of this, AOK's major initiative is a worldwide Voter Registration/Get Out the Vote Campaign. The Democratic National Committee and AOK are co-sponsoring www.overseas2004.com, the first online overseas voter registration and absentee ballot request system. This simple step-by-step voter registration tool has helped 20,000 Americans to register their vote, and hopes to reach 50,000 by the time all deadlines drop. Let your voices be heard in this crucial presidential election!

Carl Spielvogel,
Former Ambassador to the Slovak Republic

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