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Foreign Election Watchers

By: Whitney Ray
By: Whitney Ray

Tallahassee, Florida --

Delegates from around the world were in Florida today watching Americans vote. Seven foreign delegates visited precincts in Tallahassee and attended a voter turnout rally at Florida State University. As Whitney Ray tells us, the delegates were amazed by the number of candidates and issues on our ballots and the transparency at the polls.

A foreign site to foreign eyes Tuesday as a FSU student dressed like a robot greeted delegates from Nigeria, Canada, Cambodia and other countries.

Members of FSU Public Interest Research Group led the delegates on a tour, asking students to follow them to the polls. No students joined the march. At FSU it’s really easy to vote because they have a precinct right on campus.”

We met 18 Year Old Emily Knight shortly after she cast her first ballot.

“I just think that the decisions we make now are going to affect our future,” said Knight.

Imtiaz Asin, a Canadian Delegate in the US Department of State’s International Visitors Bureau of Cultural Affairs says voter turnout among youth in the US is as low as it is in Canada.

“People just don’t care. A lot of people don’t care about the issues that are relating to them. Nobody talks about youth issues,” said Asin.

Samuel Ezugwu from Nigeria says US voters are better off than voters in his country because we have so much access to information before we vote.

“Politicians have more work to do to get to the grassroots, to get the information out to them. SO they have to do a lot more visiting. Here you can use the social networks,” said Ezugwu.

Foreign delegates are also watching elections in other select states and are amazed that elections laws differ from state to state.


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