In 1997, I was a gay American living in London with a British partner and an expiring work permit. We moved to Amsterdam as an EU citizen and his common-law spouse: united by love, exiled by law. If all goes well now, we might be welcome in the US.
The overseas Democratic party now counts members in some 160 countries across the globe. The value of these votes -- once denied, now coveted -- increases exponentially with every skin-of-the-teeth election.
As an American, I am always struck by the amount of attention paid to U.S. politics by citizens of other countries -- we certainly do not return the favor -- and this year, interest is especially keen.
Much of the international community has been watching the U.S. presidential campaign with keen interest -- in the results as well as in the daily drama (including discussion of lipstick on pigs and the Alaskan view of Russia).
The internet has made it a great deal easier for the 6 million U.S. expats to vote. It seems clear that more young people living overseas will vote than ever before and that there are more Democrats than Republicans casting overseas ballots.