(Re)Election Day

Dawn of a New Day
Today is officially election day in the US. Like many expats — and even many people living in the US — I took advantage of early voting, which in my case is more specifically absentee voting. As long as I remain a US citizen, I can continue to vote in US elections. Technically, I vote on the North Carolina ballot, since that was my last place of residence.

I may not live there any more, and I may have no plans to go back, but I have family and friends there who can be directly impacted by who the president is. It also impacts other countries, including the EU, and since I live in the EU, it’s all still relevant.

Pushing It

I was able to email a PDF of my ballot (fax and regular mail were also options), and I still have a copy of my ballot. I was very careful as I filled in the circles, joking that I didn’t want any “hanging chad” issues interfering with my vote! It was nice to physically fill something in, but I do miss going to my local polling place and casting my vote. I always got a bit of a thrill from it all.

Brave Hond [Day 62/365]
Fortunately, I will get my chance to physically cast my vote the next time there are municipal elections here in Utrecht. By then, I’ll have been here long enough to qualify to vote. I can’t vote in national elections here unless I become a Dutch citizen, but they kindly do allow legal residents who have been here a certain amount of time to vote in local elections. It makes sense that we get to have a say on local issues that affect us. No longer will I be like that little doggy, relegated to waiting for someone else to finish voting.

If you feel like voting — or voting some more — you can always vote for me by leaving a comment on this page about my blog. I promise to be a benevolent top-blog ruler if I win! Massive thanks to those of you who have already commented. I am truly touched by the comments you’ve left.

Herfst in Utrecht

Herfst in Utrecht
The leaves are changing and drifting, so herfst (autumn) must be upon us. I was particularly struck by the beautiful red leaves of this tree echoing the red of the Utrecht shield held by the lion atop the gate.

What’s with the words on a Wednesday? Mainly it’s an excuse to mention that I’ve been nominated by Expatsblog.com for their Expats in Netherlands blog award. Part of the judging criteria is based on the comments left about my blog on their page for my site, so if the spirit moves you to say a few kind words, I’d be grateful. For those who already have left kind words, thank you! I’ve been honestly touched by the nice things people have had to say. While you’re there, you can check out blogs from around the world. It’s fascinating to read the broad range of experiences people have and how they adjust to and view their new homes.