One the 10th of August, The Isaac Brock Society reported difficulties in making donations from abroad to the Romney campaign, with one being unable to select the country where one lived. The Obama campaign appears to be experiencing the same issue. Did Romney hear Americans living abroad after the issue was reported? On his donation page, there is now an option to donate from abroad:
To good to be true? Let’s have a look and indeed, it has a long list of countries to choose from. It’s not sorted, but hey, that’s more than what the Obama campaign could do. Right on Romney! Yet, there is more to an international address than just the country, believe it or not. Other aspects of the international address need to be taken into consideration too, such as the telephone number, the zip code and even the state. You see, not all countries in the world have the same phone number format as the US. Antarctica, for example, only has 5 digits. Tasmania has 8 digits.
Yet, Romney’s campaign page expects for every country in the world to have 10 digits. In the world beyond America, one may also include the country code prefixed with a +, but Romney’s international page doesn’t like that.
Next, there is the issue with the zip code. Not all of the nations in the world have a zip code with 5 digits. Some have 4 digits and others have letters. Yet, Romney’s international page only accepts 5 digits.
Finally, not every nation in the world has 50 states named the same as the 50 US states. Some nations may have 5, 10, 35 or maybe even 66 States, and that’s not AL repeated 66 times. With some countries, one might not even need to list the state. Yet, Romney’s international page requires that one selects a US state no matter where in the world one lives.
Anyways, the Romney campaign now has an international page with an unsorted list of countries. It’s not usable yet, but it’s a good start for a big advanced nation. With maybe a bit of luck, it might even be perfected slowly over the next 4 years to become usable! Now, that’s a grand beginning for an awesome foreign policy, American-style!