UPDATE: Watch and learn: U.S. elections through a foreign eye

You never know what you will see.

The Guardian and BBC News have a couple of great pages that help their readers figure out what the U.S. midterm elections mean.


My bad. How could I forget Al Jazeera?

They have a whole section dedicated to the election, including:

Midterm 101

US midterms at a glance

Looking ahead to the next Congress

Campaigning in battleground states

Election trends and bellwethers

What I like:

Al Jazeera has a great Q&A page with such basic questions as “What are the midterms,” and Why are they important to [each party]?” Yes, basic questions but ones that non-Americans ask all the time.

In the Guardian article is a list of what to pay attention to and what not. And when.

1pm (Eastern Time) 5pm (GMT)

With polls finally open in Hawaii, all of America’s registered voters can now stand in a queue outside a school gymnasium or (in Oregon where all voting is done by mail) a post office.

Worth watching: cable TV news speculation on turnout.

Worth ignoring: cable TV news speculation on turnout

The BBC main story cuts right to the chase:

The contest between [Sen. Harry] Reid and Republican candidate Sharron Angle, a Tea Party favourite, is the race to watch on Tuesday night.


For clues, watch the Hispanic turnout across the country – if Latinos are voting in high numbers, that may be good news for Harry Reid

I will be watching the U.S. coverage on CNN International as well as keeping my eyes on the Internet with The PBS NewsHour team and — of course — The Daily Show team.

(Going to be a long night.)

BTW, I also wanted to include some online newspapers and broadcasters from Pakistan, Japan and China. None of them had anything more recent than Monday’s poll numbers and nothing about what to look for in the election results.

I can understand China not wanting to talk about how people can make choices in their elected leadership. But given the concerns of Pakistan media over the Tea Party (Seeing the Tea Party movement with foreign eyes) I would have thought more publications would have looked at the impact this movement might have on the election.

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