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ABCNEWS VideoSource
US Iraqis - Last voting, includes state with most Iraqis
01/30/2005
APTN
VSAP440629
NAME: US IRAQIS 300105N TAPE: EF05/0097 IN_TIME: 10:06:39:11 DURATION: 00:03:00:01 SOURCES: APTN/ABC DATELINE: Various - 30 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: see script SHOTLIST: ABC (WXYZ) - No Access Internet Detriot, Michigan 1. Wide shot of Iraqi polling station 2. Woman voting 3. Wide shot of voters 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Vox pop, Voter: "Actually, I am a Christian-American and I want peace for everybody, the Christians, the Muslims, the Kurdish, everybody else. Being a Christian-American, I want to support my people." 5. SOUNDBITE:(English) Vox pop, Voter: "Everyone over there is happy right now in Iraq... nobody go outside." 6. Iraqis at poll APTN New Carrollton, Maryland 7. Ramada Inn motel being used as polling station 8. Police officers 9. Couple entering polling station 10. Female election worker 11. Passport photo - pull out to show voter registering 12. Woman stamping voting card 13. Woman walking to voting booth 14. Woman voting 15. Man casting ballot with daughter 16. Woman casting ballot with son 17. Man casting ballot (UPSOUND: "Celebrating Freedom") 18. Election poster APTN New Carrollton, Maryland 19. People dancing in parking lot 20. Man dancing in parking lot 21. Various shots of two Iraqi voters 22. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Makji Akhound, Iraqi voter from Karbala: "I feel very happy and this is the first time in my life I have felt this way." 23. Women walking away from polling place 24. SOUNDBITE: (Arabic) Makji Akhound, Iraqi voter from Karbala: "We believe in a majority governing that can control the situation and it will be a step toward development, democracy, liberty, peace and diversity." 25. Men dancing holding flag 26. Children 27. Feet dancing on wet, snowy pavement 28. Two men hugging STORYLINE: Iraqis living in across the United States turned out to vote for Iraq's first free election in half a century on Sunday, in five polling station across the country. At a suburban Detroit polling site, it was with a mixture of joy and relief that expatriate Iraqis cast their paper ballots in a vote that would elect a 275-member National Assembly, the body that would draft the country's constitution. As they cast their ballots in Detroit some expressed relief that their family members in Iraq had been able to vote safely. As many as 9,700 voters were expected at the Michigan site. Iraqi expatriates in the United States are also voting at sites outside Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tennessee. In New Carrollton, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC, voters were given until 2200 GMT to cast their votes Amid tight security, a steady stream of registered Iraqi voters braved a steady snow fall there to cast their votes. Election workers double-checked identities against registration forms, and inked voters' fingers to prevent fraud. Many parents brought children with them to witness the process. Outside a polling station in Maryland, a group of jubilant Kurdish Iraqis who had just voted danced in a parking lot celebrating the first act of democracy. Several Iraqis vowed to return to Iraq to help with the reconstruction process and to continue developing democratic institution. The votes are expected to be counted on Tuesday. Sunday's vote marked the third and final day of overseas voting, and coincides with election day in Iraq.
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