The Associated Press has reported that overseas began lining up in Indonesia at midnight to cast their vote in the Democratic primary today, kicking off a week of overseas voting:
CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen in Tokyo says, for Americans living abroad, it’s never been easier to follow the election. Candidates have web sites where the interested can see position papers, watch campaign rallies and even check out the latest commercials. “It’s almost like being home,” says Petersen.
AP also explores the benefits reaped by the favorite Democratic candidasian in Indonesia, Barack Obama, who lived in the country from ages 6 to 10.
“There is a bit of rooting for the hometown boy,” said Tristram Perry, the public diplomacy officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, as more than 100 voters began gathering at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the bustling capital.
Dayum, I get razzed for calling Missouri my home slice even though I lived there from birth to age 7… does this now officially give me an excuse to claim it as my homeland? Perhaps not… even I can accept that it’s a bit of a shaky bid. Still, here’s to Americans in Asian countries stepping up for reprzentasian! They totally want one of us in office!
Most importantly, this overseas turnout proves that there is not excuse to avoid voting. If your fellow patriots are lining up way the hell across the Pacific to take part in the primaries, you should be too. If you’re a registered voter (as you should be) with your feet on the mainland in one of the 24 Super Tuesday states, your Amazian Ass better be voting today.
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