‘Batter up’ as US voters take to polls

PERSPECTIVE: American-in-Ballarat Rob Shaw is focused on baseball rather than the United States election, but admits this race has been unusual. Picture: Dylan Burns
Nanjing Night Net

BASEBALLimport Rob Shaw admits he is indifferent to who is voted the next President of the United States of America on Wednesday.

Chicago Cubs just won the World Series, ending a 108-year-old drought in the Major Baseball League. This has dominated attention of the American –who hails from Cincinatti, Ohio –and his family and friends back in his homeland.

He has not seen much coverage of the United States election during his time in Ballarat, but admittedthat even this election race has been something pretty different to the usual presidential race fanfare. This time is close and a lot of general uncertainty in who to vote for –or if to vote on a president at all.

“It’s never been anything like this before,” Shaw said.

“I’ll check to see who wins but it’s not something I’ve been following or am really interested in…Just the greater distance I get from the States, the more I get away from politics.”

Shaw said he was unable to vote outside his home state.

A professional baseballer, Shaw has been living outside the US the past 10 months. He arrived in Ballarat early last month to join Ballarat City Brewers for the Victorian Summer Baseball League season.

“I’m just trying to focus on what I’m doing here,” Shaw said.

The US goes to the polls on Tuesday. For those following in Australia, results will start to come in on Wednesday about 11am, Ballarat time, once some eastern states close their polling stations.

Reality television star and property mogul Donald Trump is the Republican party presidential nominee while former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential candidate.

This has been a particularly tight and vitriolic race to the White House, with scandal associated with both candidates.

Voting is not compulsory in the US and those who do vote are voting on a range of measures and candidates, including judges and governors. This varies, as does the methods for voting, from state to state.

The president-elect will not take to office until inauguration day on January 20.

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