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'This election is important because of the economy'

November 5, 2008
Reportage: Aseem Chhabra | Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

Vibha and Jagdish Patel became American citizens five years ago, but they did not register to vote until just before the 2008 general election. "We were fairly new citizens," Vibha says, explaining why she and her husband, both residents of Edison, New Jersey, did not register in time for the 2004 presidential election. "We were trying to figure out things."

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But this time the Patels were not going to miss their chance to cast their vote for their candidate -- Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. "This election is important because of the economy," Vibha, a pharmacy technician, said. "We have seen eight years of President Bush and we are opposed to the war," her husband, a grocery clerk, added. "So now we need to see a change."

The Patels were among a number of Indian Americans, who arrived early in the morning to cast their votes at the John P Stevens High School in Edison. And, similar to reports and polls across the country, this sample of Indian Americans was concerned about the economy, along with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Image: Indian-American voters in Edison, New Jersey.

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