As Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama whiz back and forth across the nation in search of votes for Super Tuesday, another battle for the nomination is raging in the wilds of Irkutsk, Murmansk, and Omsk. “Democrats Abroad,” an offiicial branch of the Democratic Party, will be voting for a slate of delegates to this year’s convention. Andrew Hardisty, of the Russian branch of the organization, Democrats Abroad Russia, is busy helping get organized for the vote. Russian Democrats can vote via the Internet or by fax, mail, or actually going to a polling station. There is a separate Republicans Abroad, but it is not recognized and will not be casting ballots for delegates.
Who knows? Will the 22 delegates elected by Democrats Abroad be the decisive vote at the convention? What if the vote cast from Omsk determined the Democratic candidate for the 2008 nomination for president?
Democrats Abroad will have the first global primary for Americans in history. Us citizens who are living in various countries around the world will have an opportunity to cast their ballot in a world-wide Democratic primary. Yvette Jarvis of Democrat Abroad Greece says there is unusual interest in the 2008 elections and she has picked up strong sentiment for Barack Obama in Greece. Individuals can vote in person or online and those coming from states which require a personal presence can still go ahead and cast their ballot in this first even global primary election.
We are witnessing a new global awareness in which individuals leave a country to work and live elsewhere on the planet, but still maintain feelings about their homeland. In a sense, this is creating a new concept of a world citizen who is involved regardless of where they are physically located.
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