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      (photo credit:  Rene D. Caputo)

On the heels of the presidential election debate, our International Conversation Café participants were curious about voting issues, asking: When can someone vote in the U.S.?

We learned that the voting age is 18 in France, Japan, and the United States, but is 19 in South Korea. I asked participants if Koreans are still considered one year old on the day they are born. And the answer was yes! Thus, the Korean age of nineteen closely aligns with the eighteen of some countries.

On what day do French and (most) Japanese citizens vote? Sunday. And in France there are no political ads on television, we heard. Just slightly different from in the U.S.

Can you name a state with many electoral votes? Our participants correctly identified California and New York as states having a large number of electoral votes. This site shows how many electoral votes (of the 538 total) each state has and forecasts who will win where.  Other predictions are here ~ click on a state for details.

And what’s a swing state? The majority of voters in a swing state might vote for a Democrat in one presidential election and a Republican in the next. That’s what happened in North Carolina in the past two presidential elections. In the maps linked above, swing states are those not in dark blue or red. More on North Carolina’s voting history.

That’s a snippet from today’s conversation.  But when might you travel to the NC mountains to see beautiful autumn leaves before they? That came up last week. Look at this forecast on where to visit when for seeing peak fall leaf colors.

And come join our conversation next Thursday. Griffith Board Room, on the main floor of the Bryan Center, 12:30 to 1:30.

Rene D. Caputo, Duke University ESL Specialist
Thompson Writing Program and Writing Studio


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We hope that you’ve been enjoying the fall thus far, including Halloween.  And our positive thoughts go out to all those who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, is our presidential election (in addition to many others “races,” as we call them), though many people have voted early.   In our presidential race, the candidates try to win the most votes in individual states.

Below are two views of what might possibly happen tomorrow.  On these maps, red represents each state that the newspaper thinks the Republicans (Romney) might win, while blue represents a state that the Democrats (Obama) might win. If a state is neither red nor blue, as is the case with our state, North Carolina, no one is certain about who might win the most votes there.

New York Times:  http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/electoral-map

Wall Street Journal: http://projects.wsj.com/campaign2012/maps/#r=pres&v=states

Later in the week, on Thursday afternoon, come join us for our International Conversation Café.  We’ll meet in Meeting Room B of the Bryan Center from 12:30 to 1:30 to discuss culture, current events, and more.

Also check out the schedule of workshops offered by our Writing Studio.  Note that some of them are specifically for undergraduate students:

All the best,
Rene Caputo

Thompson Writing Program and Writing Studio

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