A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

Just to say!


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Expedia is my favorite place to book airfare, and they handle hotels, car rentals, cruises, etc. I like the organization of the site for figuring out what flights I want. Click on the suitcase to take a look.

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Sept 6, 2008 – American living abroad? You can vote.

I didn’t realize till we looked into it that any American living out of the country, whether civilian or military, is entitled to vote in national elections in the state where they last lived in the US.

Get all the details, and fill out a form to apply, at


They give various tips, including the comment that may reassure some of you: Voting only in federal elections only cannot be used to affect the determination of federal or state tax liability.

Please spread the word on this.

UPDATE 2009: We did this but it didn’t work, I am not sure why. Planning to talk to our registrar of voters when I’m back in Colorado soon.

Comments from old blog:

  • At September 06, 2008 6:01 PM,  Steve Cotton said…

    I am with you on reminding folks to vote. I have been amazed at the wide range of political opinion I have encountered with Americans in Mexico — and they should all be certain that their voices are heard. I will have the luxury of being able to vote in my home state — even though all of our elections are by mail ballot — and to pay a full 10% of my income to my state for the privilege.

  • At September 13, 2008 8:29 AM,  Anonymous said…

    Just go to the nonpartisan Overseas Vote Foundation if you are a US citizen who wants to vote from abroad:
    It has the most comprehensive and user friendly online voter tools and services for US citizens living outside the country.

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