Absentee Abroad

It’s Election Day here in Hong Kong, and it seems like all eyes are closely watching America.

I must say, experiencing a presidential election from the other side of the world has been interesting. With a lack of political commercials and live-debates on TV, the only information about the election is through sparse one-sided news reports.

Hong Kong is pretty openly pro-Obama, so anything favoring Romney is rarely seen here.

Over the past few weeks, stations covering the election have been set up throughout the city.

Election coverage in Central Station

People would gather around watching the latest news regarding the election.

Hong Kong also posted a series of advertisements showing similarities between Hong Kong and America. Showing all taxis need gas, all children attend school, and all people need to buy housing–it helps to bridge the gap between two very different countries.

Many people may have never cared about what America was up to before, but these ads are suggesting they start paying more attention.

“How will America’s Presidential choice impact the energy debate?”

Slogans reading “They’re closer than you think” lined the walls of the MTR, drawing peoples attention to the upcoming election. With Hong Kong’s dollar being pegged to the American dollar, it’s no wonder why Hong Kong is keeping close watch.

“How will America’s Presidential impact classrooms?”

For those living abroad, it is still important to vote for things back home. Luckily, completing an absentee ballot is getting easier and easier.

Hopefully many of you voted, but if not… here is how you can for in the future!

1. Follow the steps to fill in your absentee ballot at http://www.fvap.gov/

2. You’ll receive your ballot either by e-mail or air mail.

3. Air mail, e-mail, or fax the ballot to the address provided.

4. Feel good because you just voted!

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is pretty straight forward and a lot easier to use than some other methods I tried.

Even easier than FVAP, for those of you residing in Illinois you can vote through the Military and Overseas Voting (MOVE) website.

Since I was having issues with my ballot, I applied through MOVE and had my absentee ballot the next day! Their website was even easier to follow than FVAP’s and you can track your progress, so you’ll get alerted when they’ve received your application, if it’s been accepted, etc.

Voting abroad

So what are you waiting for? Go get involved and vote.
Happy Election Day!


2 responses to “Absentee Abroad

  1. This article is really interesting, I had no idea Obama had such a strong backing in Hong Kong. Having lived out in Hong Kong, why was pubic opinion for Obama so strong other than the similiarities mentioned in your article? After receiving the election results, what was the reaction like in Hong Kong, and what do they predict for the future?

  2. I think a lot of Hong Kong views fall more on the democratic side. On top of that, I think Romney may have made some enemies with China by referring to them as “currency manipulators”. People here seem to think that Obama will keep a better relationship between China and the US.

    Today the newspapers all seemed to headline the election. Almost all of them were in celebration, although a few were saying how Obama has a hard road ahead–which I do agree with, although any president would. On top of that I’ve had a few people tell me “congratulations” due to the election results!

    You can read one of the articles here: http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=30&art_id=128138&sid=38154081&con_type=1

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