A Former Tennessee Tech Student Recalls Spending the Past Two Presidential Elections Overseas in His Upcoming Book

After accepting an invitation to study in Europe, a series of events unfold in Jobe Leonard’s life that created the opportunity for him to spend the last two presidential elections living in Europe.

Cookeville, TN, November 08, 2012 --(PR.com)-- The author of “Study Abroad: The Book of Jobe” indicates that his book contains in depth details of what an American will experience during a presidential election while living in Europe. “The curiosity of others while living in a foreign country is overwhelming,” Leonard says. “The questions an American traveler will be asked are very concentrated, and will leave you with a greater appreciation of our political process.”

Jobe also tells us that in the world of literature there were very few works where an author goes into detail about absentee voting, and the U.S. election process while actually living overseas. “Study Abroad: The Book of Jobe” provides this exact experience to the reader.

“As I re-read my travel journals from 2004 and 2008 I came to the realization I had never been able to actually vote in a U.S. Presidential election while I was on my home soil,” says Jobe. “The last election I was in America was in 2000 and I distinctly remember being a 17 year old high school senior on a college visit to Tennessee Tech.” Being away from the United States for both his previous ballots allowed Jobe to come up with several rules for navigating the political process while overseas. These are as follows:

Allow the person asking political questions to share about how the process works in their country. This insight can be valuable when answering.

Be aware of any political turmoil in the areas that will be traveled before leaving.

Treat the interest in our election process as flattering rather than intrusive.

Persons from other cultures are curious, because they generally admire our freedoms in the political process.

Ask if they take the time to vote in their own elections. It seems simple, but many will say they do not.

Follow this question by asking why they have so much interest in an election thousands of miles away when they do not take time to flex their own freedom to vote.

Additional tips for American’s living or traveling abroad during an election or political event are available at www.Jobe.ws

“Study Abroad: The Book of Jobe” is targeted to provide insight and advice to all travelers in an array of difficult situations. It includes insight to help circumvent sticky situations and have outstanding outcomes. Suspense builds quickly during the election of 2004 and by 2008 the literature leaves most readers with a greater understanding of the political process from abroad.
Jobe Leonard