Peruvian Democracy and Traffic Hits Falls Church

Sunday, Jun 5, 2011  |  Updated 4:47 PM EDT
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Peruvian Democracy in Falls Church

Voters in Falls Church will be choosing a new Peruvian president today.

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Voters are heading to the polls to pick a new president today in Virginia - in the Peruvian election.

The Peruvian government has rented out two northern Virginia schools to be used as polling sites on Sunday in Falls Church.  That means thousands of voters - coming by car and by bus - will be flooding the region.

Peruvians coming to cast ballots are advised to use public transportation.  Residents not taking part in the election are advised to watch out for traffic congestion.

Voting will take place at George Mason High School on Leesburg Pike, and Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School, also on Leesburg Pike.  These are the only two polling sites on the East Coast between Kentucky and Maine.

The voting will decide a runoff election between Ollanta Humala, a former army officer, and Keiko Fujimori, daughter of deposed former president Alberto Fujimori.

Maria Chiozza from the Peruvian consulate said she expects between 15,000 and 20,000 voters to visit the polling site Sunday.

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