McAuliffe and Cuccinelli teach foreign leaders about America

Foreign leaders from North Africa and the Middle East visited Virginia polling stations yesterday to learn about US elections. Photo: Polling place/ AP

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2013 — While most visitors to Virginia’s polling stations yesterday were excited to cast a ballot, there were some who were just happy to watch.

Key Elementary School in Arlington County hosted leaders from North Africa and the Middle East during yesterday’s election. International representatives included media, businessmen, and government officials from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Mauritania, the Palestinian Territories and Yemen.

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According to the Arlington County Election Board, this wasn’t the first year where foreign visitors have stopped at Virginia polling stations to see how Americans vote.

“We have several requests for international visitors for November elections to visit polling stations,” a staff member at Arlington’s Election Board told the Washington Times.

The exchange was part of the US Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, designed to give emerging foreign leaders firsthand experience with the US.

When asked about the interaction by the Sun Gazette, Vice Chairman of the Electoral Board Scott McGeary said that the diplomats “had some of the best questions we’ve ever been asked.”

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The Sun Gazette was the first to report the visit and contributed to this report. 


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