Naturalized US Citizens Show Value Of Voting 8-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Naturalized US Citizens Show Value Of Voting 8-03-2010

Despite the heat and humidity, some Mid-Michiganders headed to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the August primary -- an act that not every citizen in every country gets to do.
“We need a change, especially this state,” said an unnamed voter while standing in line at a polling location.
While nearly everyone agrees, at the polls it looks like not everyone is doing something about it.
Across the state, polling locations are reporting low turnout for today's primary vote, something one immigrant to the state has a hard time understanding.
David Todorovsky is co-owner of the popular Atlas Coney Island restaurant in Flint. It's his American dream come true.
Todorovsky is from Yugoslavia and he said the socialists and communists had a different way of handling elections. “There was only one guy on the ballot,” said Todorovsky. “Only one guy [and] it was Tito."
David and his brother Jimmy came to America in 1955 and he said he hasn't missed a chance to vote in all his years in the country.
“If you want to be somebody, you can work hard,” said Todorovsky. “[I] never had a car in [the] old country -- no bicycles, no television, no roads. Here we have everything.”
Todorovsky said he is proud to be an American and now his grandson is running for a county office.
“I’m very proud Jay, I’m very proud,” He said. “I see my grandson running for office, I feel like a million bucks.”
Despite low voter turnout predictions, Todorovsky said Americans are smart people. “I don't think there will be low turnout, we need leaders and the voters will pick the good ones,” Todorovsky said.
Todorovsky said customers at his shop have a mixed reaction on today's expected low turnout.
Jimmy and David Todorovsky said one of the best things they ever did in their lives was to leave Eastern Europe and come to America to enjoy their freedom and they wanted to remind us all that freedom begins inside the voting booth.
Todorovsky said he will take a break from work so he can go to the polls and cast his ballot. He said that's how he celebrates his freedom.
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