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Facing barriers, few in diaspora vote in Haiti’s elections

By Onz Chery

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A voting station in Carrefour, Port-au-Prince in August 2015. Garry Pierre-Pierre for The Haitian Times

Haitians living abroad were granted the right to vote in 2011. However, few Haitian-Americans in the U.S. are aware of the privilege or want to vote, community members said. 

“I don’t believe I should have a say in the political affairs of a country I don’t reside in,” said Michel Lauture, 45, an Atlanta resident. “Considering what's going on in Haiti now, the diaspora voting in their elections especially from the U.S. is a bad look, especially if there's a hint of election meddling.”


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Feb. 19, 2021