Yes it is absentee voting.....but it's not the same as when Americans vote in the U.S. Presidential election while in another country. One of the BIG differences is that when Americans vote from another country....that country does NOT foot the bill to the tune of millions of dollars. Nashville will be spending a lot of money on additional police officers, more security, transportation, and various other things.
I don't know if any of you caught my thread in the Cat Lounge titled "This Makes Me a Little Nervous".....but I happen to live in one of the five cities in the U.S. that is hosting the Iraqui voting. In fact, the initial gathering place for 16,000 Iraquis to check-in, register, and then be transported to the polls, is located less than 2 blocks from my home. It's the park where my daughter plays softball every year. It is a highly populated, residential area, and I'm very concerned about the security issues during this highly contested election.
Just this morning on the news, a local counselman was interviewed because he is opposing this location because he says that it's a terrible idea to have this staging area located in the middle of a residential area with the traffic concerns and the potential security issues. If someone wanted to make a statement about their feelings on the Iraqui election known.....what better place than to set off a bomb in the middle of a residential area while 16,000 Iraquis are also present at the time?
I am really nervous about all this. And I'm supposed to be working that weekend. Am I going to be able to feel good about leaving my children at home, about 1/4 mile away from the park, while all this is going on? I'm seriously considering taking off that weekend and taking my kids to go stay somewhere else. I know there will be a lot of security......but if someone wants to do something.....all the security in the world won't stop them. Call me crazy.....but I'd rather be safe than sorry.