The Right to Vote Stirs Muslim's Soul

November 9, 2006

Author: Robert L. Jamieson, Jr.

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The quest to find a place in Seattle where Election Day counts took me south on Rainier Avenue.

I headed through Columbia City to South Brandon Street and hung a left.

There it was on the right, a white clapboard building with a sign in red letters: Maka Mini Market.

Inside, the man behind the counter was putting bread into a plastic bag. He weighed the question.

"How do I feel?" said Abdinasir Ali Nur.

He took a deep breath.

"Today is November 7," the merchant from Somalia sighed, staring into nowhere. "I try to wipe this day out of my mind."