Skip to comments.Miami-based Venezuelans to vote in New Orleans
Posted on 09/30/2012 2:45:28 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
By bus and car, commercial flight and charter, U.S.-based Venezuelans are traveling en masse to New Orleans in the coming days, spending hundreds of dollars and in some cases more than a day of their time to cast a vote in their country's presidential election.
The government of President Hugo Chavez earlier this year closed the country's consulate in Miami, where most Venezuelans living in the U.S. have cast ballots in the past. It later said voters would have to travel to New Orleans if they want to participate on Oct. 7.
It's a hardship in terms of time and money for many potential voters. But some, especially those who want to stop Chavez from being re-elected after 13 years in power, are determined to make the trip anyway.
Carolina Guevara, a 21-year-old college student, plans to take the 15-hour bus ride from Miami to New Orleans, an 870-mile (1,400-kilometer) trek.
"We want to demonstrate to the government that even if they put obstacles in our path, we will practice our right to vote," said Guevara, who hopes to return to Venezuela after completing her political science studies at Miami Dade College.
The Venezuelan government closed its Miami mission after the State Department expelled consul Livia Acosta amid an investigation into recordings that seemed to implicate her in an Iranian plot for a cyber-attack against the U.S.
The closure affected nearly 20,000 Venezuelan voters living in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina who had registered to vote at the Miami consulate. Most Venezuelan voters in the United States live in the Miami area and the vast majority of those are critical of the Chavez government.
After the Miami mission closed, Venezuelan election officials said that voters registered there would have to cast ballots in New Orleans, where the next-nearest...
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Meanwhile, Dems claim that simply having to produce a photo ID is too hard for their voters...
Makes sense to me,why cant they just get some type of waver and let’em vote at the local frigen high school OR fill up a couple L1011’s and do a shuttle?
Their system is even more controlled and heavily lopsided than ours and Hugo still looks to lose by 400,000 to a million votes.
Which does not mean that he will willingly surrender power
Better idea use a couple C5A’s gomnt can write that off
Can’t make this stuff up.
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Because CinC 0bama wants Chavez to win?
I’m sure that, if the heads of commie- and terrorist-led (distinction without a difference, I know) regimes had all the votes, Zer0 would win by acclamation.
Right after they vote, escort em out the back door to a waiting bus, and ship their ass back there.
Is there anybody decent running, this time around, or does it not matter who, really, wins this race?
Yeah, but these voters aren't likely to be Chavez supporters. They therefore have no friends in D.C.
These elections are just a “Dog and Pony Show”, the result has already been pre-determined.
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