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The 2016 Election: “Most Important in Our Lifetime”

By Mark Bilker

“The Most Important in Our Lifetime.” American voters have heard this refrain every four years for as long as any of us can remember. But is it even remotely possible that those of us, the expat community of San Miguel de Allende, can possibly doubt the statement’s veracity in this crucial election?

With Donald J. Trump, the Republican party US presidential candidate, virtually promising to upend the stability of the county so many of us call home, there can be no excuse for our expat community and US citizens visiting San Miguel not to exercise their right and their obligation to vote in both the presidential and, where applicable, their state senatorial elections on November 8.

Our home country, our community, our friends … their well-being is in the balance. There is far too much at stake to sit back and hope that others will see to it that the “right” person finds the way to the White House.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the procedures involved in voting from abroad or who have questions about absentee voting you are urged to go to

From this site, you can register to vote and request your absentee ballot. In the “Find Answers” section, you can locate contact information for your local election officials, the deadlines for your voting state, and much more.

Other commonly asked questions can be answered on the website or by contacting Democrats Abroad SMA at, such as printing your forms, mailing signed forms, drop-off locations for signed forms, state location contacts if ballot not received, and a host of others.

Time is running out. Act now!


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