Commentary: Kerry wins in world vote
By CLAUDE SALHANI
United Press International
October 12, 2004 Tuesday 9:21 AM Eastern Time
VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 12 (UPI) — Given that the United
States is a world super power, and that actions and policies taken
by the American president can – and often do – affect the rest of
the world, imagine if the rest of the world had its say in who was
to be elected to the Oval Office.
Imagine if the entire planet could vote in the upcoming November
presidential elections. How different would the outcome be?
Of course that will never happen (just as a foreign-born citizen
can never become president). But what if it did happen? What if all
citizens of the world were eligible to vote in the U.S. elections?
How different would the outcome be if President George W. Bush and
Sen. John Kerry had to contend for the support of the international
community? What would be the implications? How different would the
campaign be run? And more important, who would be the likely winner?
Well, although this is an exercise in futility given that
traditionally, even overseas ballots cast by expatriate Americans
voting by proxy have never really counted for much in an election,
votes by foreign nationals will count for even less.
Yet regardless of where real politics stands on the issue of
presidential elections, one ingenious Internet Web site has taken it
upon itself to turn political fantasy into virtual reality. No matter
where you live or what passport you hold, now you too can vote for
the candidate of your choice in the November election. Of course
your vote will not count for much, other than self-gratification,
and the opportunity to let the rest of the world know how you stand
on the issue, in the process giving your candidate some mental support.
BetaVote.com, the brainstorm of Daniel Young and Kevin Frost,
an information technology consultant, have set up a site allowing
citizens of the world to partake in what is expected to be a very
Current polls in the United States show Bush and Kerry running
neck-to-neck, with Kerry making some headway, particularly after the
two presidential debates.
A Zogby Interactive poll conducted last Thursday after the second
debate placed Kerry ahead of President Bush in 13 of the 16 closely
Kerry took ground in two states — Ohio and Nevada — and increased
his lead in seven others. Bush’s lead, meanwhile, narrowed in the
three states — Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia — placing him
ahead of Kerry in those states.
If the numbers projected by the Zogby poll this week were mirrored
on Election Day, Kerry would be the winner and the next president of
the United States.
But the elections are still about three weeks away, and much can happen
between now and then. The race for the presidency remains very tight
and very close.
However, the numbers from the rest of the world as shown on
BetaVote.com project a very different view, where votes have been cast
from 239 countries — from Afghanistan (where Kerry leads 51 percent to
Bush’s 48 percent) to Zimbabwe (Kerry, 86 percent, Bush 31, percent)
passing through Andorra, in Southwestern Europe, between France and
Spain , one of the few countries where Bush leads with 53 percent
(Kerry, 46 percent), Uzbekistan, (Kerry 87, Bush 12).
As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, a grand total of 295,712 votes have already
been cast, of which an overwhelming 88 percent voted for Kerry,
leaving Bush trailing behind with 11 percent.
A number of countries stand out for leaning heavily in favor of
Kerry: Angola and Armenia, both give Kerry 75 percent and Bush 24
percent. Austria, the country from where a future Republican president
might emerge if the Constitution is amended to allow California
Schwarzenegger to run the highest office, voted heavily in favor of
Kerry (94 percent), giving Bush only 4 percent.
>>From tiny Belgium more than 29,000 votes were cast, also heavily
in favor of Kerry (91 percent), Bush (8 percent). Brazil (Kerry,
95 percent) and Bulgaria (Kerry, 92 percent) also heavily favored
the Democratic candidate.
Oh, Canada: More than 15,000 votes were cast by the neighbor to the
north, with most going to Kerry (95 percent) leaving Bush with a
meager 4 percent.
Among the highest to favor Kerry was Croatia with 96 percent voting
for the Massachusetts senator, France and Greece each giving Kerry
95 percent of the vote. Germany gave Kerry 94 percent and Italy
The most votes came from Finland, casting 32,885 ballots, of which
92 percent went to Kerry.
Bush does have his supporters, however; Azerbaijan, Congo (Bush, 54
percent), Libya (Bush, 59 percent), Myanmar (Bush, 57 percent) and
Nauru, (Bush, 61 percent). The African country of Niger favored Bush
with an astounding 94 percent, as did the French territory of St.
Pierre et Miquelon, off the east coast of Canada, allocating 62
percent of the 24 ballots cast to President Bush.
It just goes to show that nothing is ever certain in politics.
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