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'Jamerican' vote helped propel Obama

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Fern Whyte, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born American Cynthia Wilson was ecstatic to leave work early yesterday so that she could vote. Cynthia, who has been living in the United States (US) for 12 years, took the oath of allegiance in 2011 making her a US citizen and gaining the right to vote.

"I voted for Mr Obama," Cynthia proudly told The Gleaner, adding "I feel excited; I feel like have done my civic duty and no regrets."

"President Obama did a good job over the past four years, he moved the country forward, and if he had more time, I think he would do even better," she said.

Having cast her ballot yesterday, Cynthia, who lives in Brownsville, Brooklyn, now has experience voting in two countries, Jamaica and the US.

Recounting her experience, Cynthia said, "I went to the polling station, and I didn't understand anything because this was the first time I was voting. Everything is organised, there is no confusion and there is somebody there to tell you how it is supposed to be done. You don't know if that person is a Democrat or a Republican, and they don't know if you are Democrat or Republican."

Comparing the experience with past encounters in Jamaica, Cynthia said "you feel safe, relaxed and you don't have to look over your shoulder for anyone who's gonna tell you which party to vote for".

"You just vote and come out with a smile; you don't hear any argument. Nobody come and pay you a money say go and vote for this person or block the road and prevent you from voting," she added.