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Local Dominican population prepares for elections

Local Dominican population prepares for elections

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Voters here in the Lehigh Valley could affect the outcome of a big political race in a country that's thousands of miles away.

The Dominican Republic is holding its presidential election this Sunday and with over 15 percent of the Dominican Republic's population living in the U.S. and Allentown, as the fastest growing city of registered Dominican voters in all of Pennsylvania, votes here may have an impact back home.

The choice is between two men, Danilo Medina of the ruling party which has been in power for the past 8 years and Hipolito Mejia, a man who was already president of the Dominican Republic between 2000 and 2004.

Carlos Salas is supervisor of elections here in the Lehigh Valley, "It can have a huge impact, because we have 13 hundred voters contributing to who's going to be the next president" he said.

The polling place for the Lehigh Valley is at Casa Guadalupe on North 2nd Street. Voters have from 7am to 7pm on Sunday and all they'll need to show is their Dominican I.D.

Other locations with polling places include Hazleton, Reading, Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Delaware.

This will only be the second time voters abroad will be able to cast a vote.


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