ALA provides bus for song festival voters

For visitors to the 12th Latvian Song Festival in Indianapolis who want to vote in the July 7 national referendum, the American Latvian Association has announced it will provide a 12-passenger bus to take them from festival hotels to the polling station.

The Latvian Community Center, 1008 W. 64th St., Indianapolis, is one of 47 polling stations abroad that will operate on July 7. It is nearly 10 miles from downtown Indianapolis, where song festival activities are scheduled.

Details on the bus schedule will be available at the song festival information desk, on the news boards and at the ALA stand in the festival hotel, the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis.

Pollings stations both in Latvia and abroad will be open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. on July 7.

Voters must be Latvian citizens and be at least 18 years of age. A valid Latvian passport must be presented at the polling station.

The referendum asks voters whether they favor revoking controversial amendments to two national security laws. Because the amendments have already been rescinded by the parliament, the referendum is seen by some critics as a symbolic way of expressing lack of confidence in the Saeima and the government of Prime Minister Aigars Kalvītis.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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