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Clutching campaign literature, a voter walks out of the polling site at Erasmus Hall High School, on June 15. Photo by Sam Bojarski

Among the voters who trickled into the Erasmus Hall High School early voting site June 15 was Youla Duke. Like other voters, she cited her concern over public safety and affordable housing as reasons for casting her ballot. 

“What I care about, is the gun violence,” said Duke, 62, an East Flatbush resident. “And seniors, they should not be pushed out of their apartments. These people have nowhere to go, and they’ve been living [here] all their lives.” 

Celeste St. Jean, of Flatlands, echoed the sentiments in discussing her most important issues of concern. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.