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For Immediate Release
November 8, 2004

Exchange Students Observe American Election

Exchange students from across the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia spent Election Day observing American democracy in action. Thirty-three high-school exchange students from 16 countries -- including Afghanistan, Belarus, the Philippines, and Yemen -- participated in an Election Day visit that included a State Department briefing about the United States electoral process and a trip to a local polling station. The election day activities were the culmination of several months of watching the presidential debates and following the campaign. The election gave these teenagers -- many of them coming from countries that are only recently holding elections -- an opportunity to observe and understand American democracy.

Source: U.S. Department of State

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