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World re­ac­tion to long queues of vot­ers in US

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Long queues to vote in the US have been cel­e­brated by some of those who en­dured them as a wel­come sign of en­thu­si­asm. But out­side Amer­ica, there was a dif­fer­ent take.

You may think wait­ing 11 hours to vote would be the height of frus­tra­tion, but not for one fam­ily in Ge­or­gia.

“We made it, y’all,” says Johnta Austin in one vi­ral video filmed as they reach the front of the queue, de­scrib­ing the lengthy process as an “hon­our”.

With early vot­ing un­der way across much of the US, so­cial me­dia im­ages show long queues of peo­ple, some­times wait­ing for hours, pa­tiently inch­ing their way in to­wards the polling booth.

Some African Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing jour­nal­ist Roland Martin in Texas, say they wept when they dis­cov­ered such a mo­ti­vated elec­torate on the morn­ing of the vote.

In a video that shows a Black Lives Mat­ter sign on the build­ing, Martin says he cried af­ter find­ing a “mas­sive line af­ter the polls had been open 27 min­utes”, and that he pre­pared to vote by lis­ten­ing to protest songs from this sum­mer.

Many of the Amer­i­cans tak­ing to the in­ter­net to show their vot­ing pride are black. They say their vote is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the civil rights

line strug­gle, which they feel has been in­vig­o­rated by the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment.

“Souls to polls,” is one slo­gan be­ing retweeted among the US black com­mu­nity.

In Ge­or­gia, where in-per­son vot­ing be­gan on Mon­day, a fed­eral hol­i­day, some vot­ers ar­rived be­fore dawn to queue.

The state has a long his­tory of vot­ing prob­lems but it’s not the first in this elec­tion sea­son to see long queues on the first day of early vot­ing. It was the same in Ohio and Vir­ginia.

Record turnout is ex­pected this year, with an un­prece­dented num­ber of peo­ple vot­ing early due to the pan­demic.

 ?? Photo: Reuters/Jorge Silva ?? Pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tors and roy­al­ists clash dur­ing a Thai anti-govern­ment mass protest, on the 47th an­niver­sary of the 1973 stu­dent upris­ing, in Bangkok, Thai­land yes­ter­day
Photo: Reuters/Jorge Silva Pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tors and roy­al­ists clash dur­ing a Thai anti-govern­ment mass protest, on the 47th an­niver­sary of the 1973 stu­dent upris­ing, in Bangkok, Thai­land yes­ter­day

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