Should I Vote?
I am a US citizen, born and raised in the United States. I have just completed my thirty-ninth year in Israel. As with all Jews who come here, we are given citizenship automatically and the fact that we do not have to apply for it allows us to remain citizens of the US. My last US residence was in Chicago.
I have no interaction with US tax authorities or Social Security and I own no assets in the US. Of course I have family there, some quite close.
My one benefit is the passport. And the passports of my children who were born here.
I don't think it's right for me to vote in the US, despite the fact that I follow US politics way more closely than does the average "likely voter." (I did vote absentee for the first few years.)
Nor do I think that Israelis living abroad should be allowed to affect our elections here.
When I ask "Should I Vote?" it's rhetorical. But it's worth a bit of discussion. Especially because there is a mission of political-types coming here from DC this week to tell us that we must. I will go to their meeting, not just because one of them is my cousin.
I don't plan to make an issue of this, as I see it as a personal decision, but I hope they don't bring sign-up forms.