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S. Mitra Kalita, a national editor and columnist at Mint, here in New Delhi. Am watching the coverage here and it looks like several Indian journalists are in the US for the Big Day; hope they get beyond New York and Washington. Here, there are a few election parties I know of planned (am gonna try to head over to one at 6am, another in the evening--and will just have to drag myself to work in between!) but the festive atmosphere in foreign countries is noteworthy and perhaps reflects a few trends. One, more Americans are living in places such as India, and in diverse fields, from technology to development to media (ahem). Two, the last few elections really drove home the point about every vote mattering so overseas groups really got themselves organized. And three, perhaps because of the nature of these candidates, Indian media, at least, seemed to really carry a number of op-eds and pieces on where they stood on foreign policy. If you live overseas or have family who do, tell us how voting played out? And any parties planned? Are these limited to U.S. citizens in these countries or are foreigners also getting in on the game?


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lostinarden wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
I am an American ex-pat in London. I voted weeks ago via absentee ballot (for Obama) and there are at least half a dozen events, paties, and all-night gathering happening in different places throughout the city. Some are free, some are not, but I've not encountered any "American only" events. I'm choosing to stay in but stay up until the wee hours watching the returns.
evespikey wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
At my university (East Anglia, Norwich, England, UK) the student's union pub is open all night specifically to show the elections, and the LCR (student's club) is having a 'Stars and Stripes' fancy dress club night. Also the politics society are having a late-night event. I think I'll be at the pub.
views_livemint wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
India parties
yh_tac wrote:
Nov. 4th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
It's huge in Australia. There's apparently an all-day/night party in the city (Melbourne) somewhere, but unfortunately it's the middle of my exam period at the moment so I can't go :( But it's been all over the papers - even the Melbourne Cup couldn't quite push it off the front page, which is pretty impressive.
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