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Jakarta Post

Making the vote count

  • Trisha Sertori


Ubud, Bali   /   Thu, September 6 2012   /  08:52 am

East and West: A “Bali for Obama” T-shirt is printed in both English and Balinese.With an estimated 3 to 6 million US expats dotted around the globe and a knife edge swing between candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the November US presidential elections, pundits are suggesting the US expat vote could tip the scale in the greatest (political) race on earth.

Some US expats in Bali are taking this possibility seriously and working to ensure every potential absentee vote from both sides of the political divide is registered and counted.

According to an August New York Times report, US expats were once thought to be from the military, business and the lunatic fringe. “The common caricature is that expats tend to be affluent, or military-linked, and thus conservative; or unpatriotic malcontents, and thus left-leaning. The actual picture is more complicated,” writ...