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Over 100 Indian Americans Register to Vote

September 2004
Over 100 Indian Americans Register to Vote

On August 14, at the 8th Festival of India at the Gwinnett Civic Center, volunteers on a mission were dressed in bright yellow t-shirts with the word "VOTE" on the back. The Georgia Indian American Political Action Committee (GIAPAC) is a non-partisan, non-profit, organization mobilized in service of political awareness and action for the Indian American community of Georgia.

"It's great to see ya'll again," remarked Lt. Governor Mark Taylor, "and I'm glad you are continually doing this at Indian American events." He was referring to his previous encounter with GIAPAC at the World Congress Center in April.

"We are trying to bring political awareness to the Indian American community of Georgia," informed Sumeet Shah, member of the GIAPAC core team. The volunteers succeeded in registering over 100 new voters as part of their empowerment campaign.

While there were many non-citizens attending the festival, they were still encouraging of GIAPAC's efforts to register voters. Jaydeep Natarajan, a software engineer who moved to Atlanta recently felt that "everyone who has a right to vote should be registered." Others remarked that the non-partisan empowerment message of the organization was a great way to reach community members.

GIAPAC's goal is to register 500 new voters by the October 4 deadline for the November elections. It plans to continue its presence at other Indian American events as well as other locations where the community congregates. For more information, visit: www.giapac.org.

-Dhruti Contractor

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