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When Citizenship Doesn’t Equal Voting Rights

Letter to the Editor

The Invisible Line between Citizenship and Voting Rights

Most Americans assume that U.S. citizenship automatically grants individuals the right to vote. However many expatriate American parents are shocked to learn that their children raised overseas, even if full U.S. citizens in all other respects, do not necessarily have the right to vote in U.S. elections. The states require that citizens establish residency prior to registering to vote. These residency requirements exist to facilitate election administration, not to exclude voters, and they are easily met in most states. That is, they are . . .

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