Super Tuesday - the Overseas Voter
As expatica tracks the events surrounding Super Tuesday, we are talking to and listening to overseas Americans in the six countries we cover.
They are calling it Super Tuesday and it has even been dubbed ‘Super Duper Tuesday‘. It’s the Super Bowl of American politics for 2008.
The superlatives have been flying because on Tuesday February 5th American voters will be called to the urns to potentially decide during one critical 24hr period who will lead their parties forward in the race for the keys to that big white house.
From coast to coast, from sea to shining sea, Americans will go behind the curtain and have their say. But what of the American population abroad? How do Americans in Europe express their democratic rights? With recent elections going down to the wire, how vital could Overseas Voters prove to be in the final analysis?
In the days leading up to the Big Bang, expatica will be talking to and listening to Americans abroad from Cadiz in the southern tip of Spain to the Bay of Kiel
in Germany northern. Applying its unique relationships with expatriate organisations and communities in all six expatica countries, our team will be asking them about the difficulties of voting abroad, the problems involved, such as the practicalities, the sense of distance from the action back home, dealing with American foreign policy as it affects those abroad directly in their adopted communities.
Here are the questions we have been asking expatriate Americans. Don't be daunted by the number of questions. Go straight for the issue that matters most to you. We will be able to feature some - but not all - of your views in upcoming features.
(General note: Though many of the answers may be a simple Yes or No, please feel free to expand your thoughts on each question.)
- Do you feel that it's important to vote?
- Do you feel that the new Democrats Abroad global primary is important to you and to the election in general?
- Are you a member of a political party?
- Do you participate in American civic life while abroad (e.g. cyberactivism, op-ed letters, overseas party activism, other)?
- Given the fierce competition for votes due to small victory margins in recent elections, do you feel that the candidates are paying more attention to the votes of overseas Americans?
- Are you more interested in the election than you would be if you were in the US or less interested?
- Do you think you would vote differently if you lived in the US and if so, why?
- Would you say that interest in this year's election is higher than usual abroad? If so, why?
- What is the most important issue to you in the upcoming election?
- Where do you get the most useful and persuasive information about the election (TV, newspapers, Internet...)?
- Are you spending a lot of time talking about this year's election with other expats?
- Does the attitude of people in the country in which you live influence the way you feel about the current US administration? In what way?
- What is the first thing the next President should do to improve the USA's image abroad?
- How do you think the gender or race of the next US president will affect the country's status abroad?
- What do you think of the role Bill Clinton is playing in Hillary Clinton's campaign?
- Are you planning on staying up to follow the Super Tuesday primaries?
- Which candidate, if elected president, would make you most proud to be an American and why?
- Which is more important to you in a president: ability to pass legislation or ability to inspire the country?
- Which aspect of the presidential campaign do you find hardest to explain to Europeans?
If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Tia B. Viering for her invaluable help in compiling the questions