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Romney Sweeps Ex-Pat Vote in Israel, ‘I Vote Israel’ Delivers 20-25% of All Overseas Ballots

According to the I Vote campaign, Israelis sent close to a quarter of all the overseas ballots filled out by U.S. citizens around the planet.

2012 exit poll

Photo Credit: I Vote Israel

In the last week of October, I Vote Israel has reported that it sent some 80 thousand ballots, weighing 500 lbs., to the U.S. embassy in Tel-Aviv (which should, naturally, be moving to Jerusalem by the end of January, if candidate Mitt Romney makes good on a promise made traditionally by every presidential candidate in the past few decades).

According to the I Vote campaign National Director Elie Pieprz, those represent close to a quarter of all the overseas ballots filled out by U.S. citizens around the planet. We are one involved tribe, aren’t we.

So, here’s some information regarding those ballots, filled out mostly in the offices of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel:

First, how crucial were those ballots? Well, to paraphrase the well known adage, some folks are more crucial than others. The most crucial were Ohio ex-pats, who sent in 3500 ballots. Pennsylvanians, whose state is baby-bluish, leaning Democrat, also sent in 3500 ballots. And Floridians (who presumably came to Israel for a change of climate?) sent 7500 ballots.

Obviously, besides the presidential choice, each ballot also offered individuals to vote for the Senator from their state and the congressperson from their district.

The Shaviv Strategy and Campaign service conducted an exit poll among the ex-pats (no one asked us, in faraway Netanya, incidentally), so here goes:

With a sample of 1,572 voters, and a margin of error of around 2.5%:

Warm-up question: What was the most important issue for you in these elections? Taxation 0.9%; Healthcare 2.7%; Jobs and the economy 11.2%; Iran 11.2%; Israel-centered issues like the Palestinians and the status of Jerusalem 61.3%; other 10%.

In the overall congressional vote: Republicans 62%, Democrats 28.2%.

Very similar results in the Senate vote: Republicans 63%, Democrats 27.8%.

Finally, for the Chief Executive: Republican Mitt Romney 85.0%, Incumbent Democrat Barack Obama 14.3%. Daffy Duck and other write-ins 0.6%.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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31 Responses to “Romney Sweeps Ex-Pat Vote in Israel, ‘I Vote Israel’ Delivers 20-25% of All Overseas Ballots”

  1. Rc Fowler says:

    Very good–vote for Mitt Romney–get rid of the anti-Semite Barack Hussein Obama!

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    Even friends can be anti-semites, it depends on their motives of friendship. Even some Jews are, when they hate fellow Jews, because "they are not my kind of Jews." It has been obvious from the beginning that Obama is one, despite recent posturing to the contrary. What remains to be seen is what Romney, as a world leader, will be. Obama, despite any protestations, has worked the mohammedan credo perfectly, during his current tenure, "Lie to your enemies, until you have them in your power."

    Nero Wolfe asks Archie Goodwin in The Doorbell Rang, "does she lie?" Archie responds, "Certainly." Wolfe asks, "How the devil can you tell?" Archie sums it up with, "Look, you asked me if she lies. She does lie." And I can only add to that, it's the kiskes. When you have enough experience with plain speaking, the hucksters are easily exposed.

    Obama and Romney are two different types of huckster. They do lie, certainly. A truth teller doesn't need to worry about giving mixed messages. So the question from me is this. Which do you fear most, the dog that barks in the night, or the dog that bites during the daylight hours?

  3. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Now the question is: How many of those pro-Romney ballots will the kapo US Ambassador order destroyed or "officially not delivered?" A US transport carrying ballots from Afghanistan mysteriously crashed. Why would a "loss" of ballots from Israel be a surprise?

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    Even friends can be anti-semites, it depends on their motives of friendship. Even some Jews are, when they hate fellow Jews, because "they are not my kind of Jews." It has been obvious from the beginning that Obama is one, despite recent posturing to the contrary. What remains to be seen is what Romney, as a world leader, will be. Obama, despite any protestations, has worked the mohammedan credo perfectly, during his current tenure, "Lie to your enemies, until you have them in your power."

    Nero Wolfe asks Archie Goodwin in The Doorbell Rang, "does she lie?" Archie responds, "Certainly." Wolfe asks, "How the devil can you tell?" Archie sums it up with, "Look, you asked me if she lies. She does lie." And I can only add to that, it's the kishkes. When you have enough experience with plain speaking, the hucksters are easily exposed.

    Obama and Romney are two different types of huckster. They do lie, certainly. A truth teller doesn't need to worry about giving mixed messages. So the question from me is this. Which do you fear most, the dog that barks in the night, or the dog that bites during the daylight hours?

  5. Eric Tamez says:

    Very well written comment Gil! My short answer would be that I would more afraid of the dog that bites during the day. my long answer is I fear Obama would be the worse possible choice. not just for Israel– which he clearly is. but also for the U.S. economy & he is a threat to moral values . BUT, what scares me even more is that so many of my fellow Jews in the U.S tell me that they WILL vote for Obama. and that he is in their view the best choice, despite the contrary. It should be as plain as day, but they chose to be in darkness..

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    I also, for that dog may have rabies ;-) I guess you caught my meaning…kudos

  7. Eric Tamez says:

    Thanks Gil. Shavua Tov to you!

  8. Les Legato says:

    This Jew will take the mormon over the "former" muslim.

  9. Liad Bar-el says:

    Gil, you're right, like everything and everybody else there are degrees and variations of the same thing. As one who grew up with dogs, I can say there are the dogs with different bites. There are the ones that won’t let go until you kill them (Obama Muhammed raised) and there are dogs that will just nip you (Romney Mormon raised). If one knows that he’s going to get bitten, which dog would he prefer? No matter how you look at it, they are both going to mess the carpet in the White House.

  10. Gil Gilman says:

    Very good point. I’m in Minnesota, the other Deep Blue, but it appears Romney has a slight edge. I too am very familiar with canines, and understand your point full well.

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