As everyone and their
brother is reporting today, Al Gore is not running for President of the United States in 2004.
This brings to mind a recent discovery: I was delighted to find that, now that I am 35 years old, and as I was born in the United States, I am eligible to run for President but Arnold Schwarzenegger, being born in Austria cannot.
Article II, section 1, clause 5 of the United States Constitution says:
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.
My only problem is this regard is that I am not yet “fourteen Years a resident.” So if I moved to the US today, I couldn’t run for President until the 2016. Gives me plenty of time for preparations, though.
Do you get to vote? I am bummed that the Scottish Parliament doesn’t allow ex-pat voting. Portugal has a seat or two in their legislature exclusively for ex-pats, who are in large part in Toronto.
Speaking os US elections. I always thought the leaders in the world should also have a vote into who will drop the next pile of bombs on our globe.