Will angry American expats deny Mr Bush a second term? It is an irony that for US President George W. Bush - who, at the age of 50, had never travelled outside North America, would be voted out of office by a landslide - if the rest of the world could vote. In survey after survey, international polls reveal that as much as 70 per cent of the world would vote against a second term for Mr Bush. On election eve, he may be the most ostracised American president in history. Luckily for Mr Bush, non-Americans cannot vote in US elections. Americans expats can, however, and they registered to do so in record numbers never before seen. And with polls across the US claiming that yesterday's election could be as close as that in 2000, even the smallest clique of voters could turn the tide one way or the other. Though few US pollsters have considered them, with some seven million Americans living outside the US, the views of American expats could well decide if Mr Bush gets a second chance at the White House. The US government has posted more than 5 million requests for overseas ballot applications, compared with 1.8 million ballots in 2000. No one can tell how America's expat population breaks down politically because many had previously not even registered. The conventional wisdom is that most Americans living abroad, are either businesspeople or in the military, both of whom traditionally vote for Republican candidates. But this year many expatriate Americans are angered, embarrassed, and even frightened, at how the Bush administration's forcefully aggressive foreign policy has shifted much of the world against America since the weeks immediately after September 11, 2001. In China, there are believed to be 100,000 American citizens (with another 50,000 living in Hong Kong and 600 in Macau). In Singapore, where 20,000 Americans make their home, FedEx has offered free shipping of absentee ballots for expatriate American voters; the same service is being offered to most countries across Asia, including Japan, Vietnam and South Korea. It has only been in these final feverish days of the race that the two political parties have more closely seen overseas Americans as a potential pool of valuable supporters.