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▲ In front of H-Mart in Carrollton. Officials from the Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Dallas and Korean Society of Dallas are helping Korean nationals register to vote in the upcoming South Korean Presidential Election. Photo courtesy of Dallas and Korean Society of Dallas.
While North Texas communities are busy preparing for the May 6th election, some Korean nationals are gearing up for the 19th Korean Presidential election.
As you may recall, former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was impeached and expelled from her office due to corruption. She is now in jail, facing potential criminal charges.
Due to the early vacancy of the office, South Korea will be holding the 19th Presidential Election on May 9th.
Several years ago, South Korean congress enacted a law that allowed Korean nationals living overseas to participate in elections. So, the Korean-Americans who are not U.S. citizens are eligible to vote in the upcoming South Korean Presidential election. They are the U.S. permanent residents, international students, expatriates, and etc.
According to the officials from the Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Dallas, about 2,700 Korean nationals have registered to vote in the upcoming election.
They will cast their votes between Tuesday, April 25th and Sunday, April 30th at the Korean Culture Center of Dallas, located off Stemmons Freeway in Korea Town.
According to the Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Dallas, the voter registration was the highest ever since the law was enacted due to the former President Park’s controversy.
▲ Former South Korean President Park, being transported to jail
▲ Kevin Falconer (right), mayoral candidate for the city of Carrollton, is conversing with Korean official.