James Van de Grift is one American who voted for change.
James Van de Grift is one American who voted for change. The Advocate

The voice of the American people is being heard

JAMES Van de Grift is one American voting for change.

"My family will be divided – my father’s a staunch Republican – but change is the most important thing and Obama seems to be the man to do it," James said.

Living at Emerald Beach, James couldn’t be further from the US presidential race as it unfolded yesterday, but he still felt connected to the election that decided the leader of the free world.

"It’s an unusual time to be away and it’s fantastic to hear so many people have already voted, given the history of low civic duty in the States," he said.

"The voice of the American people is being heard."

James has been away from the United States ‘on and off’ for the last 20 years, and he said living in Australia does have an affect on his patriotism.

"I was more interested in interrupting work to watch the Melbourne Cup than the election," James laughed.

James’ family was one of the first Dutch settlers who came to America in 1650, and his home State of Pennsylvania was considered a ‘battleground’ until Democrat Barack Obama took the State in the opening throes of the election yesterday.

While James' family have already cast their vote, unfortunately James’ choice didn't count due to a late application for an absentee ballot.

"I feel like an irresponsible voter but I still think change is coming," he said.

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