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The Detroit News reports that Michigan’s Chaldean population – a Christian group of Iraqis – is worried about their opportunity to participate in the stateside portion of the Iraqi election, claiming that election sites are skewed towards Muslim Iraqi populations.
Chaldeans, who are Christians, say they number about 120,000 in Metro Detroit—mostly in northern suburbs, including Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield. They say the closest polling places will be in Southfield and Sterling Heights.
Chaldeans make up 5% of Iraq’s population, but 80% of the Iraqi population in the United States, and community leaders believe the vote of Chaldeans here is especially important since Chaldeans in Iraq will likely be intimidated away from polling sites.
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