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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Democrat, Republican Groups Form

Gearing up for the upcoming U.S. presidential elections, two political groups are forming in Moscow -- the Russian chapter of Democrats Abroad and the Republicans in Russia.

Democrats Abroad groups exist in over 40 countries and act in the same way a Democratic committee in the United States would. The Democratic group will hold its first meeting Monday.

The Republicans in Russia group, which will meet April 4, is less formal. The main overseas Republican group, Republicans Abroad, is not represented in Russia.

David Edquist, an Illinois native who is forming Democrats Abroad, said: "I'm interested in seeing the president re-elected. In Moscow there are about 10,000 U.S. citizens -- that's more than in my hometown. "

James McA'Nulty, who organized the Republican group, said he hopes to register as many Republican voters as possible. "We don't have official representation yet," McA'Nulty said. "But we're in the process."

U.S. citizens who want to vote in the Nov. 5 election can get an absentee ballot request form at the U.S. Embassy.

For information on the embassy's Citizen Services Unit, call 956-4295. For information on meeting times, see the Community Bulletin Board.