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Americans overseas not immune from intense presidential race

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:17

Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are busy rounding up last minute votes for their candidates, even overseas. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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On the final weekend of the U.S. presidential campaign, volunteers man the phones, trying to round up some last-minute support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Not an unusual scene, except that this phone bank...is in Germany. The first problem Americans overseas face when trying to vote is learning the rules of the various states, according to Eva Moore of Democrats Abroad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATS ABROAD VOLUNTEER FROM CALIFORNIA, EVA MOORE, SAYING: "So I vote in California, but that has different rules to say Ohio or Florida, so the reason that we reach out to people is to make sure that they can navigate that system. ." Usually, expat votes don't get much attention, but this year's Democratic and Republican nominees are now locked in a tight race. The 8-million-plus expats votes could make a huge different, according to Thomas Leiser of Republicans Overseas. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF REPUBLICANS OVERSEAS, THOMAS LEISER, SAYING: "If you look for example in 2000, when we had the issue with George Bush against Gore, just a few expat votes could have changed the outcome of the entire election." So American overseas toil away in makeshift offices, making sure their voices are heard on Election Day, no matter how far away they are.

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Americans overseas not immune from intense presidential race

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:17