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America should think twice on who to vote for the next president

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Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. This month, as President Obama prepares once again to address the nation, nearly 600 soldiers from Guam are returning home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

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While these patriotic Americans answered the call to defend democracy overseas, they are denied democracy at home. When the 2016 General Election rolls around, they will be unable to vote for President and will only elect a non-voting Delegate to Congress.

During their first month of deployment in Afghanistan, two Guam soldiers, Spc. Dwayne Flores, 22, and Sgt.

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Eugene Aguon, 23, were killed by a car bomb. According to statistics from the Washington Post's " Faces of the Fallen ," Guam's casualty rates in Iraq and Afghanistan have been 450 percent above the national average.

  • Partisans are deeply divided on this question;
  • Is this China's approach to cement and project its global power?
  • Trump will be hard pressed to tune down his rhetoric because when it comes to China, context matters;
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  • These five areas have a combined population of over 4 million, greater than about half the states and about the same as the six smallest states combined.

Perhaps that is because Guam ranks higher than any state in per capita recruitment rates. Fully 1 in 20 Guam residents are military veterans according to the U. During World War II, Guam endured a brutal enemy occupation that resulted in over a thousand civilian deaths.

Today, Guam's location on the doorstep to Asia contributes to national security, but also places its residents uncomfortably close to North Korea and other threats. Guam's residents are not alone though in being denied the right to vote for president.

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Neither can residents of Puerto Rico, the U. These five areas have a combined population of over 4 million, greater than about half the states and about the same as the six smallest states combined. In all, more than 20,000 military service members from these areas have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More than 125,000 veterans call these areas home. Yet because of where they live, they do not have the same voting rights as other Americans. It is unlikely that President Obama will have anything to say about these Americans in his 2014 State of the Union Address. But presidents and presidential candidates should think twice before ignoring them. First, they actually do participate in the presidential primaries, and were a factor in both the 2012 Republican Primary and the 2008 Democratic Primary.

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Second, over 5 million Americans living in the states have close ties to the territories. Over 850,000 Puerto Ricans live in Florida alone -- the 2012 election was decided in Florida by just 75,000 votes.

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Voting rights for residents of U. On the whole, these are swing voters who value the importance of family and religion. Residents of these areas are primarily Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, groups both parties increasingly need to reach out to if they hope to win national elections. Where you live, whether it is a state, territory or the District of Columbia, should not affect your right to vote.

If residents of Guam and other U.

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  2. Upsetting this balance will have serious economic, diplomatic, and even military ramifications. The answer is anyone's guess.
  3. If residents of Guam and other U.
  4. First, China's recent warning to the US regarding the South China Sea islands in response to the recently confirmed Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson's statement, " China's militarizing the islands is akin to Russia's taking of Crimea. Trump will probably not recommend putting Cuba back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Our American ideals demand no less.