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Ethnic America Goes to the Polls

Reporters from the New York Torch visited polling places in the New York City and Jersey City area to ask first-time voters from ethnic communities about their experiences, opinions and hopes for America. Click on the pictures to know their stories. Reporting by Mea Ashley, Yvonne Bang, Magdalene Castro, William Denselow, Shaukat Hamdani, Colleen McKown, […]

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[VIDEO] Palestinian-American Pride at the Polls

20-year-old Aber Kawas, a Palestinian-American and activist, heads to the polls for the first time. William Denselow reports.

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Confusion at Bronx Polling Site

Reported by Yvonne Bang and Magdalene Castro Written by Stephen Jiwanmall  Even with her two bad knees, Diana Brij Lal made it to a local polling place in her Bronx neighborhood of Parkchester. She went to P.S. 119, where her son goes to school. It’s where she’s always voted, she said, but on Tuesday, polling […]

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Cancer Patient Makes it to the Polls

Gladys Kamara, a 56-year-old woman with cancer, said that not even her deteriorating health would keep her from the polls. Healthcare, she said, is one of the reasons she is so adamant to vote. Reporting by Shaukat Hamdani

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High Latino Support for Obama in Spanish Harlem

Latinos most concerned with economy and immigration By Griselda Denise Ramirez and Mea Ashley A constant flow of people entered a public school through a fenced-in playground in East Harlem on Tuesday to cast their votes — most of them Latinos who said they voted for President Barack Obama. The preferences of the highly Latino-populated […]

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Voter Potraits – Jersey City

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Language Barrier Creates Problems for Arab American Voters

Written by Jay Devineni Reported by MaryAlice Parks, William Denselow, & Jay Devineni  For many Arab Americans voting on Tuesday in Brooklyn, language barriers made it harder for their voices to be heard.  Despite Brooklyn’s large Arab population, there were no ballots available in Arabic.  However, the New York City Board of Elections does provide […]

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Representing a Variety of Cultures, Jackson Heights Votes

Bangladeshis, Mexicans, Indians, and Pakistanis were among the new citizens who voted Tuesday at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens. Early in the day the polls were quiet, but as things picked up later on there was evident confusion about the process. Many said they were first-time voters who had just attained U.S. citizenship. Photos […]

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Long Lines and Missing Booths: Polling Center Challenges in Jersey City

Rebecca Sanchez~ Lines of waiting voters snaked through P.S. 3, the Frank R. Conwell School in  Jersey City on Tuesday,  one of the  few polling centers in Jersey City that was not relocated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Volunteers and City officials scrambled  to get people through  with just four voting booths “two less […]

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Voting in Staten Island

Multilingual voting signs lined the walls and fence outside the P.S. 57 Hubert H. Humphrey school in Clifton, Staten Island to guide the voters to the ballot inside the school. The area around the school, sometimes referred to as “Little Liberia,” is a mix of several different ethnic communities but it mostly consists of people from […]

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