|non-US citizens for Obama
||[Nov. 3rd, 2008|11:23 pm]
I work with a number of non-US citizens and I keep accidentally asking them if they've voted yet, then catching myself.
At dinner tonight I accidentally asked a German coworker if he'd voted yet and his answer surprised me: because he's not able to vote, he instead volunteered for the Obama campaign this weekend, calling voters in swing states and encouraging them to go vote. He figures he did his part that way, probably doing more good than 1 California vote anyway.
If only more US citizens could be more passionate or politically aware than most immigrants.
The cab rides I've taken the past few months have been interesting because the drivers are usually foreigners, listen to news radio and love engaging their passengers in political conversation. They're like driving wikipedias! Half the stuff they say may not be true, but you can still learn from them.
2008-11-04 08:33 am (UTC)
> Half the stuff they say may not be true, but you can still learn from them.
I hope you're learning the right half! :-)
Y'know, everywhere I go, whether it be LJ friends, Youtube, work, EVERYONE seems to be supporting Obama. Seems like it should be a landslide victory, yet CNN's still reporting that it's a tight race, like 5% close. Where are all these McCain supporters hiding? How come I never see them anywhere?
2008-11-04 08:45 am (UTC)
I don't think they're polling KKK members.
Where are all these McCain supporters hiding?
Diebold? ;) Besides, who would watch the election coverage if the race was a landslide? How would CNN sell eyeballs to advertisers then, huh? :P
My more-serious theory is that McCain's supporters* are older and don't really hang out at the cool internet places.
* More accurately in my narrow experience, Republican-ticket voters (McCain's too libuhral to actively support).
I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that internet types skew young. (BTW, I've seen some pretty heated pro-McCain comments on youtube, so it might also be selection bias in that your friends send links to things they like, which skew more Obama.)
Also, I suspect some of it's geographical, although I don't know the demographics of where you live. I've found this election to be kind of surreal because everybody around me in L.A. already agreed with me, even if they didn't seem to have a good reason to. On the other hand, people back in Virginia teneded to come from both sides of the aisle and have reasonable debates (even if the areas I lived tended more liberally).
2008-11-04 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was sick of feeling powerless. I'm up superfuckingearly to go stand in front of polling places for no-on-prop-8.
Is that legal? Campaigning in front of a polling place? Maybe it varies by state...
Over the weekend, I went doorbelling with an Indian immigrant. He didn't even know how our government worked (he was eager to learn), but he realized that things needed to change and he didn't have a vote.
My fiance is from India. He follows politics in the media 2 or 3 times more closely than I do, so even after 4 years together, I sometimes forget that he can't vote.
German guy has a good point on swing state volunteering doing more good than 1 California vote... though, if he has any kind of foreign accent, he might frighten swing state voters. ;)