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Guatemalans vote in L.A. for their country’s presidential election, a historic first

Guatemalans vote in L.A. for their country’s presidential election, a historic first

After traveling six hours by bus from Oakland, Mynor Hernandez arrived in Los Angeles late Saturday with his wife, 6-month-old baby and 7-year-old son. His aim: to vote in Guatemala’s national elections without having to go back to his homeland.

Hernandez cast his ballot shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, when the polls opened at the Guatemalan Consulate General in Echo Park. He lifted his red-stained finger — marked with ink after he handed in his ballot — to volunteers and others at the consulate on Riverside Drive as organizers applauded.

Sunday was the first time that Guatemalan citizens living in the United States could vote in their country’s elections without having to return...

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