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CAMPAIGN ’88 : Athens Vote Is a Lock

<i> Associated Press</i>

Thousands of Greek-Americans who have returned to their patrida-- or homeland--are signing up for absentee ballots, aided by an organization backing Dukakis for President.

“It’s touching to see elderly people coming in to fill out the form. The oldest we had was a 101-year-old man who said he’d never voted in a presidential election before,” said Catherine Carnatios, one of 20 volunteers for the Friends of Michael Dukakis organization, based in Athens.

Since the pro-Dukakis organization started in August, more than 20,000 Americans of Greek descent have filled out ballot applications at 14 offices scattered around mainland Greece and the islands, its members said.

Retirees make up at least one-third of an estimated 75,000 American citizens living in Greece, according to the Dukakis organization.

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