I have to admit that I am a little disappointed by the GOP homepage. I tried to sign up, but to no avail. I got stuck on the zip code. The reason being, I assume, is that in the US the zip code is five digits. But in Norway, where I reside, the zip code is four digits. And this bothers me. Why shouldn’t I, being an American and with American citizenship be able to sign up? And I am guessing that Americans living abroad in other countries that do not have a five digit zip code are going to experience the same problem.
A quick Google search gives me information about Americans living abroad. The websites that I looked at are probably by no means accurate, but indicates 6.320.000 million Americans live outside of the US. That’s more Americans than the population of some of the states. I do not know how many of these individuals reside permanently or temporarily outside the US. Those that reside temporarily, will probably be able to sign up to the GOP homepage using their American zip code, but those of us that reside permanently outside the US do not have that option.
Should Americans living permanently abroad have influence over American politics? That’s a different topic, but they should definitely be able to sign up and log in on the GOP homepage. I am by no means saying you can’t find all the information you want from other websites and other sources, it’s just the principle of the matter.
Right now, the Democrats are doing a much better job with their homepage concerning Americans abroad. You can sign up with a zip code or postal code. Postal code being used in other countries. I have no idea if this was intentional, but it’s much more user friendly to the international community. And why should the Republicans miss out on this opportunity.
I could off course sign up to the GOP homepage using Facebook, but that might have a few disadvantages, which I will blog about. I could also lie. I could just type in an American zip code and be done with it. But having lived on Long Island, New York, I could get away with it. That is as long as the sign up process doesn’t track IP addresses.
This isn’t really a political blog post, but I am addressing a minor issue that I want corrected on the GOP homepage. I did communicate through the contact form on the website in November 2014 about wanting to sign up, but unfortunately it was a one way communication, because I never received any reply.
So if there are any Republicans out there reading this, please convey this message. This is the first of a few blog posts that will address the GOP homepage.
You are welcome to view this yourself at the GOP homepage and the Democrats homepage. One website I used to find out how many Americans live abroad was AARO, The Association of Americans Resident Overseas.