To us Americans, Election Day is that day in November when we head to the polls to exercise our right to vote. Most of us walk into voting booths as part of our routine -- unassuming, low-key, and often without fanfare. But around the world, our embassies and consulates were hosting foreign guests to view the election returns and talk about American politics, amid excitement and nail-biting euphoria.
For U.S. diplomats overseas, election night presents a public diplomacy opportunity to illustrate to foreign audiences our core values of democracy and civic responsibility -- values that define the American experience.
Last night into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, journalists, civil society leaders, and students gathered to not only watch the results on a big screen TV and talk about the election process with U.S. officials, but to also witness firsthand the passionate energy of American expats who were also in attendance to celebrate American democracy.
Our Ambassadors and diplomats appeared before local media outlets to explain to foreigners some of the unique features of our political system -- the Electoral College, the initiative and referendum process, and the social-economic challenges that the typical American voter must face this Election Day.
A guest at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh's event may have said it best: "The beauty of the American election is that it touches the whole world, though the U.S. presidential election is a complicated process."
We'd like to share with you photographs of how our embassies and consulates observed this Election Day. You can also follow the latest on Storify. We'd also like to hear how you observed Election Day, or how you view the state of democracy in your country. Please share your thoughts and comments in the space below.