Thousands of Iraqis Come to Nashville to Cast Votes
|April 28, 2014||Filled under Iraqi News|
Iraqi News –
At least 10,000 Iraqi citizens are expected to vote in South Nashville in their country’s parliamentary elections that started Sunday.
Election organizers said the voting process was going smoothly as of Sunday afternoon as people from Tennessee and surrounding states came to an office building to cast paper ballots.
The polling station on Pavilion Boulevard also opens on Monday and is one of nine placed across the United States in areas with higher Iraqi populations.
Outside the polling place, Nashville resident Khalay Yunis said the voting process went more smoothly than in 2010, the last time Nashville hosted an Iraqi election.
With purple ink on their fingers signifying their votes, Yunis and Gahdar Sayni both said they cast their ballots for the Kurdish Democratic Party on Sunday afternoon.
Sayni, also of Nashville, said the experience is still somewhat new to him. All of his votes in Iraqi elections have always come from Nashville, he said.
“We didn’t know what it was like voting there (in Iraq) before,” Sayni said.
Polls will be open for a second day at 212 Pavilion Blvd. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters need proof of Iraqi citizenship and U.S. residency to be able to vote.
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