Global Vote invites the world to choose the next US president
The outcome of the US presidential election will have implications on the rest of the world, and now global citizens can register who they’d like to see in the White House from 2017.
In what’s believed to be the first such initiative, the University of East Anglia (UEA) is inviting people across the world to vote virtually through the Global Vote. The Global Vote will announce the world’s verdict hours before the U.S. polls close on 8 November.
Developed by Simon Anholt, an honorary professor in UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, the Global Vote enables anyone outside the U.S. to vote once for their preferred candidate in the presidential election from now until polls close in America.
Voters are presented with manifestos from the four candidates on the U.S. presidential ticket – Hillary Clinton (Democrat), Donald Trump (Republican), Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian) – or there is an option to abstain and vote ‘nobody’. The candidates’ manifestos concentrate exclusively on what each one would do for the world outside the US. This includes the candidates’ attitudes toward international aid, climate change, peace and stability, trade, human rights, migration, international law and foreign policy in general.
Prof Lee Marsden, head of UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, said: “The project came about through conversations between Simon Anholt and the Politics Society at UEA who caught the vision to transform the way we think about global politics and the need to give voice to those in the rest of the world affected by national decisions but unable to vote in other countries elections. They hope to get hundreds of thousands of people across the globe voting in the US elections and subsequent national elections worldwide.
“The idea behind Global Vote is to encourage governments, and in this instance specifically the United States, to consider the impact of their policies on the rest of the world.
“What happens in the polling stations across America directly affects you and me. Donald Trump may complain about a rigged election and Hilary Clinton about Russian interference, but at least Americans get to choose who they believe and trust. For the rest of the world, we are passive observers with views that are never considered. While Global Vote can’t exactly change that, it can give us – and the powers that be in the U.S. – a barometer for how the rest of the world feels about this seismic decision.
“Despite signs of increased nationalism around the world, Global Vote taps into and inspires all who share the planet to consider themselves global citizens, interested and engaged with the rest of the world. To ask ‘not what your country can do for you, but what your country can do for the rest of the world."
To vote, visit: https://goodcountry.org/global-vote. The Global Vote project officially launches with a public talk by Prof Anholt at 1pm Wednesday 26 October, in Lecture Theatre 2, at UEA.