|Monday, 03 November 2008 17:34|
I’ve had a busy weekend around Tooting. This morning I held my normal drop-in surgery, and over the weekend I met residents campaigning for safer streets in Tooting.
What I really want to talk about though is the US elections. Within the next 48 hours we will all know who the 44th President of the United States will be. This will be a momentous event that will shape the lives of many people worldwide.
This election has had many ‘firsts’. The headlines have almost inevitably been about the first Presidential candidate of African-American heritage and also the first female to be ‘on the ticket’ for the Republicans. Whilst I am proud to see these barriers being broken, it is another ‘first’ which fills me with optimism: first-time voters.
Campaigns by both parties have inspired many Americans to register to vote – many for the first time - and the turnout is expected to be the largest in recent memory. Some reports suggest that the newly registered voters will surpass the nine million mark, can you imagine what kind of positive impact that this will have on the election?
Government Ministers aren’t supposed to express a view on the outcome of elections overseas – but I bet you can guess who I’ll be rooting for.
I have been fascinated to see how both parties have been campaigning and am especially impressed by their use of the internet. I think it’s important that politicians use a variety of forms of communication to makes themselves accessible – wider engagements fosters greater democracy (hence this blog and my regular emails).
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