International students evaluate U.S. elections

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By Yiran Zhao
MI First Election staff writer

EAST LANSING, Mich.—For U.S. citizens, Election Day is the day to cast ballots and to choose the next president of America. Meanwhile, international students at Michigan State University are closely following the event.

When asked about the election system in general, several said that the system is fair and reasonable. One was Jie Wan, freshman from China. He said, “However, it sometimes looks like a show, not an election, because candidates use all kinds of approaches to attract voters.”

The U.S. government appears to be unique and totally different from those in countries where the students came from.

Debayan Deb, a freshman from India, said both countries “are democratic, although in my country, India, many other parties also get a chance to run!”

Arab student Zahra Alrebh, 20, said, “In my country, we don’t have a right to elect our king.”

The students’ attitudes about the governments of the United States and their home countries differ.

Wan prefers the American election system, because “voters can choose a president who has the same political point of view to them.”

“The most important thing is that this kind of election is more open and transparent,” he added.

Alrebh said, “I don’t really know which one is the best, but I love my government and my king.”

Deb would prefer democracy, he explained, “because it is the most just system ever.”

A few others concluded that preferences depend on cultures and personal beliefs.

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