Dominicans in Washington Heights protest amid fallout from island’s vote glitch

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The local Dominican community held a rally in Washington Heights Saturday following protests on the Caribbean island nearly a week before.

The demonstrations in both areas stem from reports of an electronic glitch with the voting system during the municipal elections.

Organizers said after they saw the protests break out in the Dominican Republic, they were inspired to hold demonstrations locally.

"Every time you see your flag, every time you see the cars beeping, that really like, it moves. It moves your heart." Said demonstrator Fiorella Garcia.

"Most of us, we don't have the opportunity of living there because of the injustices of the system, so seeing all these people together, with the exception of the political parties in here, it meant really a lot for us," said organizer Tais Garcia.

The system's failure could cause concerns for the presidential election on May 17. The Associated Press reports that the new municipal elections will take place on March 15 -- but with paper ballots.

 

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