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'Unilateral US policy does not work in the present world'

November 5, 2008
Reportage, Photographs: Suman Guha Mozumder

Iam sorry, (but) I have no time to talk to you right now. I came to the wrong polling station (and) got to rush to another one before I get to work," a young Indian-American woman, stepping out of the Five Corners branch of the Jersey City Public Library in New Jersey state, said when this reporter tried to talk to her about the presidential election.

Across New Jersey, young voters as also the elderly seemed to take a lot of interest in casting ballots as they turned up in huge numbers all over the Garden State.

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There were long queues outside polling stations in Jersey City, the state's second largest city after Newark, as also in several counties across the state, especially in the morning as office-goers wanted to cast their ballots before going to work.

The lines thinned once the rush hour was over, but the turnout remained steady throughout the day.

Across New Jersey, an overwhelming majority of Asian voters are Indian Americans. According to 2007 US Census figures, of New Jersey's 8,685,920 people, Asian account for 7.6 percent, 648,487 people. 7.4 percent of these people are Indian Americans, the largest Asian minority followed by Chinese Americans.

Image: A scene from Jersey City, New Jersey.

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