Not super actively, but I follow the news organizations of the countries I've lived in on my FB feed so I still have an idea what's happening. US political news makes my head want to explode so I have to take it in small doses. I'm way more active under this administration than I ever was before.
I follow US national politics fairly regularly, and I contact my rep about things that I feel strongly about or that impact me directly. I vote absentee in all of the national elections.
Lately I've gotten more involved in state politics from my hometown state, even though I can't vote there. A lot of the people I grew up with have very different viewpoints, so I like to try to have constructive dialogues to discuss them.
Locally, I am eligible to vote in local elections (not national), but I feel that I do not have a good enough understanding to do so. I probably should do it anyway, because I'm sure that my standards for "understanding the issues" are much higher than most of the people who are voting. I understand a fair amount about the national government and parliament, and but I can only name around a half dozen political leaders. I guess that's not too bad, because I've met more than one expat who didn't even recognize the name of the current prime minister!
Post by pittpurple on Jun 14, 2017 15:32:01 GMT -5
We've been able to vote in the UK for five years now and there's been a lot of interesting (terrifying) things to vote on of late so I've gotten more and more educated. We still vote in US presidential elections, but I don't vote in anything else back in the states - we haven't lived there in 11 years and I don't think I should really get a say anymore.
I still have a lot to learn about UK politics - it seems recent events are giving me a crash course!
Post by rupertpenny on Jun 15, 2017 5:33:45 GMT -5
I still follow politics in the US quite closely, mostly from posting on CEP and getting daily emails from the Washington Post.
I don't follow Hong Kong politics as much as I should. It's basically a sham anyway so it feels pointless. At the end of the day only pro-Beijing people will be allowed to be in power and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Post by dorothyinAus on Jun 15, 2017 5:51:31 GMT -5
How actively do you follow politics "back home"? -- very much so, local, state-based, and federal. In fact, my US Federal Representative is Steve Scalise so everyone knows about him this week. I vote in every election I can (some of them I get the ballots too late to be returned by the deadline) and when I am home and can, I vote in person, even if it's just a little school board or millage renewal election.
How informed and/or involved are you in the politics of your current/host/other country? -- I am very informed. DH is a political tragic and often has opinion pieces published around elections. I watch Parliament Question Time as often as possible, and do keep up with the comings, goings, and doings in the federal Parliament. I am not as up on State/Local politics. It's interesting that I know so much about the politics of the country and am not a citizen or able to vote. With Australia's compulsory voting, this causes some confusion when I go with DH for him to vote. Many people look at me strangely when I indicate I am not there to vote. (Compulsory voting is actually one of the problems I have with becoming a citizen. I believe that voting should be a responsibility not a requirement. I should have the freedom to choose to not vote, or even to not show up and have my name ticked off the list, without penalty.)
I follow US politics pretty closely since this disaster of an election. Sad!
I still vote in US elections, but only for President and Congressional representatives. For weird reasons, I'm registered to vote in Michigan, so I vote for national level representatives, but I don't vote for governor or local elections as I don't think it'd be ethical, seeing as I'm not planning on ever moving back to Michigan.
I might make an exception if it meant getting rid of anyone responsible for Flint's water crisis.
I also follow UK politics and vote in every election. I've also considered getting involved in local parish councils, but I don't understand everything enough yet to be fully active. I have strong feelings about waste removal lol.
I follow what's going on in my home state (Hawaii) and national US politics. I still vote in my local and federal elections through email when I can. MH follows world politics in general, and by default, I try to keep up with the basics, too, just so I know what the heck he's talking about and referring to