Well, I’m an American citizen. I have my passport and everything. But I won’t be voting for Obama… or anybody today. In addition to being a citizen of the States I’m also considered a resident of the State of Indiana for voting purposes. However, I’ve never lived there. It was the last place my father lived so it’s my state of residence by default. Indiana requires that you actually live there for a month before the election in order to vote, so I won’t be voting. I don’t think it’s an unreasonable rule at all. We expect the same of our voters up here.
Here’s the email I got from the elections people:
Thanks for your message.
The different states determine in their laws whether a person such as yourself who is the child of a resident, but who has never resided in that state themselves, is eligible to register and vote there. Indiana’s Consitution requires that a person be a legal resident of an Indiana precinct for at least 30 days before the election.
Although the Indiana General Assembly has considered an amendment to the Indiana Constitution to permit the children of Indiana voters who have resided overseas (but never resided in Indiana) to vote, this amendment has never been passed by the legislature and submitted to Indiana voters.
As a result, under the facts below, you would not be qualified to register for the November 2008 general election. If you have further questions, please let me know. Thanks again,
Indiana Election Division