Observing the U.S. Election: Auckland, New Zealand

Election Events: U.S. Embassy Auckland, New Zealand

As submitted by embassy staff

Over 150 university students and young professionals gathered at the U.S. Consulate General’s Youth-focused U.S. Election Watch Party at Auckland University of Technology to watch and discuss the U.S. Presidential Election. The event space was set up with six TVs screening different stations, and two large projectors that showcased the tweets of guests attending both the Auckland event and the U.S. Embassy event in Wellington. The election event continued Mission New Zealand’s strategic outreach to youth. U.S. Consul General Jim Donegan and consulate staff provided non-partisan commentary to a crowd that included students from four universities from throughout New Zealand, and members of the Young National Party, the Young Labour Party, and the Young Green Party who shared their own political experiences with the staff. The U.S. officers explained the role of the Electoral College and the consequent importance of the small number of ‘swing’ or ‘battleground’ states, the importance of the congressional races, and answered questions on U.S. election voting processes.

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