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US Iraq Vote - Preparations for Iraqis in US to vote in election
01/17/2005
APTN
VSAP439500
NAME: US IRAQ VOTE 170105N TAPE: EF05/0056 IN_TIME: 10:04:57:17 DURATION: 00:01:03:07 SOURCES: APTN DATELINE: New Carollton, 16 Jan 2005 RESTRICTIONS: SHOTLIST: 1. Various shots of polling centre 2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ayob Hajibadri, Presiding Officer of the Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program for Washington, D.C.: "A whole lot of people - they're going to vote in this election, I'm pretty sure of that, and I'm one of them and I'm not going to lose this opportunity for no reason." 3. Various shots of polling centre STORYLINE: Iraqis in the United States will line up on Monday to register to vote in their homeland's first independent election in nearly 50 years, joining Iraqis at polling centres in 13 other nations as they prepare to choose a constitutional assembly. Iraqis will be able to register in five US cities - Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago and Washington, DC. The seven-day registration period ends on January 23. Voting will begin on January 28 and continue until the January 30 election in Iraq. There are about 90-thousand Iraqi-born immigrants in the United States, according to the 2000 US census, but the children of Iraqi-born men can also vote. No one is sure how many will cast ballots, in part because of the difficulty of reaching polling places that are hundreds of miles away and uncertainty about the numbers of second-generation Iraqi-Americans. Ayob Hajibadri, the Presiding Officer of the Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program for Washington, DC, says nothing would make him miss the opportunity to vote. Other nations hosting overseas polling are Australia, Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Jordan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
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