Obama would lead if foreigners could vote, website shows

A new website allows citizens from the rest of the world to make their unofficial votes for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. If it was a global election, the current president would most definitely get a second term.

Though citizens of other countries have little say in the matter, the U.S. election undoubtedly has an impact on many of them. Now a new website gives them a chance to at least show how they would vote if they could.

VoteVoteVote.net, which was registered on October 28th, shows that President Obama accounts for 87.4% of 1,454  votes at press time. The site makes clear on its home page that it is to be used by "everyone except Americans," and has received votes from 82 countries so far. Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada are the only countries where more than 100 people voted. Obama holds the lead in each one of those countries, accounting for 76%, 79%, 97%, 96%, and 98% of the votes, respectively. Romney's best support so far is in Switzerland, where 34% have voted for him, though the country has only seen 32 votes.

The site itself is quite objective in nature. It links to each candidate's Wikipedia page and shows three embedded videos: the third and final presidential debate, and each candidate's "best speech according to YouTube/Google."

The results can be shown by country or on an interactive map. The former may be more useful only because the map shows percentages but not sample size. For example, the map shows that Greece is split at 50% for each candidate, but the list shows that only four people from that country have voted.

As it makes clear, the site isn't official, and doesn't make much of a difference, but if nothing else, it's interesting to see what the rest of the country would do if they were in our shoes.

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