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Secretary Grayson Urges Iraqi Citizens to Register to Vote
Press Release Date:  January 18, 2005
Contact:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary of State
(502) 564-3490
 

With the United States celebrating another successful democratic election during inaugural festivities this week in the nation’s capital, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging Iraqi citizens living in the state to register to vote in the upcoming Iraqi Transitional National Assembly election on January 30, 2005.

“Iraqi citizens living in the United States will have the opportunity to vote in their first truly democratic election at the end of this month,” stated Secretary Grayson.  “I encourage every Iraqi citizen to take the time to register and to vote in this momentous election.”

The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq authorized the International Organization for Migration to implement Iraq's Out-of-Country Voting Program in 14 countries, including the U.S.  Registration and polling will occur in 5 U.S. cities: Washington, DC, Detroit, Nashville, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The International Organization for Migration estimates that there are approximately 230,000 Iraqis in the United States who are eligible to vote.

In order to vote, applicants must first register to vote by proving eligibility with at least 2 documents that confirm: identity, voting age, and Iraq nationality.  Registration will occur between January 17 - 23, 2005 from 8:00am - 5:00pm.

Polling will occur at the same locations as registration: between January 28 - 30, 2005 from 7:00am - 5:00pm.
    
Secretary Grayson serves as the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Voter Participation.  Grayson noted that this position extends beyond simply encouraging participation in U.S. elections.

“I think it is imperative for citizens of any country to participate in their national elections, especially those of a budding democracy such as the one in Iraq.  Each Iraqi citizen’s participation in this election sends a strong message that democracy will succeed in the Middle East.”

The Out-of-Country Voting Program in the United States provides eligible voters with the opportunity to participate in this historic Iraqi election for the Transitional National Assembly on January 30, 2005.

For more information -- the latest election updates and answers to your questions -- please visit and direct potential voters to the International Organization for Migration's official Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program website at www.iraqocv.org  or call the Voter Information Center helpline at 1-800-916-8292.

For questions related to voting in a specific city, please contact the local officials for the International Organization for Migration:
o     Washington, DC: Michael Stephenson, (202) 615-8491
o     Nashville: Karen Hirschfeld, (781) 439-4887
o     Chicago: Oliver Vick, (708) 323-6730
o     Detroit: John Gattorn, (313) 618-9171
o     Los Angeles: Dana Stinson, (240) 476-1335

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