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Faces of New American Voters

 

Meet Drost Kokoye, a New American voter. Drost's family left Kurdistan (northern Iraq) in 1996. She now attends MTSU and is excited to vote for the first time.

"Voting gives me the opportunity to voice what not every immigrant or refugee can yet. It's my chance to choose the people and laws that will allow others to practice this freedom I now have."

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Meet Betzabe Vick, a New American voter from Mexico. Betzabe became a citizen through TIRRC's Become a Citizen Now! program and voted for the first time at TIRRC's Get Out the Vote celebration at Coleman Community Center.

Learn about TIRRC's Citizenship Program

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Meet Qaali Warsame, a New American voting in her first election. Qaali overcame very difficult circumstances, leaving Somalia in 1993 during a civil war before finally settling in Nashville and earning a nursing degree.

"It's amazing to be in a country where you can vote, where that one vote can make a difference..."

Congratulations Qaali!

Read about New American voters from the Somali community in the Tennessean:

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