Iraqi Expatriates Vote in Michigan

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

Harry Jajonie brings his Iraqi papers--a piece of his past--to unlock the gates to an Iraqi future he didn't know he'd ever see. "That's the day I want all my life," he says.

It's not just Harry, but the whole family...all 16 of them here to celebrate this day. His son Steve cast his ballot with his own son by his side, and Harry's grandson Julian, who's never even been to Iraq, came to southgate as part of his life cycle: His first word, before even Baba,[Mom,] was Sadaam is bad. That's what I teach him," his grandfather brags.

There are some obstacles, but these voters are well aware of the security risks they avoid by voting in the U.S.

It's likely the vote totals in Southgate will reflect a Chaldean influence...christian Iraqis like the Jajonies. There are hundreds of candidates on the ballot, but for many Americans at least, who the vote is for is secondary.

"I voted is the best thing i could ever say," Steven Jajonie says.


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