50K-70K U.S. Citizens to Vote in Israel

September 27, 2012  

Every day, about 1,000 U.S. citizens living in Israel are registering to vote in the upcoming U.S. elections, according to Eli Piepsh, Director of I Vote Israel.

Assisted by hundreds of volunteers, the organization has made contact with immigrants (olim) to Israel and with dual citizens. “We’ve held meetings at synagogues, we’ve appeared at lessons for the English speaking religious public, and we have been massively active through Facebook and a new website that has been put up especially for the upcoming elections,” he told Arutz Sheva.

“The big difference between elections this year and those of previous years is that we have made things easier for people,” he said. “This is the first election year in which there is an organization that reaches out and makes contact with people. We brought the registration forms to them, so that all they have to do is sign – an action that is not time consuming.  In addition, we created 100 places throughout Israel where the form can be handed in, so the effort required in minimal.”

The importance of voting in states deemed to be “toss-ups” between Obama and Romney needs no explanation, Piepsh said. But voting is also important in states where the outcome is almost certain, he said – “so that influential people and politicians in the U.S. understand that the public in Israel has power.”

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