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Americans in city get to cast primary vote again
10:10am Thursday 26th April 2012 in News
AMERICANS living in Oxford who helped bring Barack Obama to power are again being invited to cast their votes.
For the second time, Oxford will be one of the few locations in the UK where American Democrats will be able to physically cast their votes in the primary ballot to select the Democrat candidate for the US Presidential election.
In 2008, the result was a victory for now President Obama, with 118 of the 144 votes cast in favour of the current president, against 26 backing Hillary Clinton.
But this year the election is more likely to be a formality, as Obama is the only Democrats Abroad Primary candidate.
Voters, however, do have the option of putting down an undeclared delegate.
American-born Larry Sanders, who is an Oxfordshire county councillor, said he probably would not vote in the primary as he had been “disappointed” by President Obama. But he said: “I think it’s brilliant that people can vote in Oxford.
“A lot of people here keep a close interest in the politics of the country they have left.
“If they do it’s marvellous they have an opportunity to express it.”
The vote will take place at Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford, on Friday, May 4, between 10am and 6pm.
It is the only opportunity American citizens living in the county have to physically vote in the US election, as the Republican Party does not hold a primary for those living abroad, and in the full presidential election, absentee ballots are the only way to vote.
Primaries will also be held in London, Cambridge, St Andrew’s and Edinburgh.
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