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From the vantage point of 85 yrs old, Pepperspectives today held THE BEST of all good ideas & information to originate with our favorite Cincinnati person! I’m loving “lifting democracy”, using college campuses everywhere. Will spread your article & the brilliant idea. Big THANKS!! 😊😊

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thank you! let's make it happen

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Ciao David! I've just spent the past two weeks on university campuses registering study abroad students in Rome to vote from abroad. We can't forget that US students studying abroad can vote! There will be +30K American students in Italy alone this year. How to vote from abroad should be included in all materials/checklists provided for students planning on studying abroad. We send university programs information about Vote From Abroad (https://students.votefromabroad.org), a non-partisan service that walks students through how to request their overseas absentee ballots and ask them to share it with their students before departing, but not many schools do unfortunately. Overseas voters will receive their ballots for the November election in mid-September so it's always a big race against time to get students registered to vote from abroad and get their ballots back on time to be counted. Hopefully your recommendations to get the schools themselves involved will gain some traction. Thanks for all you do!

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Fantastic, Kelly. Thank you for all of us.

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Brilliant, David. Your work is impressive and campuses should be doing their part. Diane

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David, Thank you for the emphasis on getting students registered to vote and voting. Having a birthday late in the year, I started university at 17 and upon turning 18 in my adopted town (same state) promptly registered to vote in that town. Voted the entire ballot, including local issues and offices.

I’ve had younger co-workers ask what saving methods and plans I used for sending my kids to college (529 plans are fantastic) and how much did I emphasize going to college when they were in high school. My response was every young adult is different and not every education path or career choice and timing works for everyone. But what I did do with every one of them was INSIST a few months before turning age 18 to educate themselves on all the different political parties and the last several presidential elections and then promptly register to vote and to vote. I didn’t care which, if any, political affiliation they chose and I told them that. (Ended up with two democrats and one independent).

If someone doesn’t vote, they are giving up the right to complain.

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Truly outstanding idea. I hope it takes hold.

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