People interested in learning about candidates, candidate lists and party platforms for the Oct. 7 Latvian parliamentary election may now visit any of the nine polling stations in the United States, the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C., has announced.
The polling stations will be open from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6 for visitors to peruse the information.
By location, the dates and times are:
- Washington, D.C.: Visitors may call at the Embassy of Latvia, 2306 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 2-6. Visitors also may call at the Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church of Washington, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville, Md., from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 30 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1.
- Chicago: Visitors may call at the Latvian House, 4146 N. Elston Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 2-5. Visitors may also call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the official polling station in the Zion Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church, 6551 W. Montrose Ave. On Oct. 1, election information will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the polling station as well as in the St. Peter Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church, 450 Forest Preserve Dr., Wood Dale; in the Chicago Latvian Baptist Church, 820 Ontario, Oak Park, and in the Chicago Latvian Catholic Church, 1655 N. Rockwell, Chicago.
- Los Angeles: Visitors may call at the Latvian Community Center, 1955 Riverside Drive, from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 2-3, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 1, from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 4 and 6, from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 5.
- Seattle: Visitors may call at the Latvian Center, 11710 3rd Ave. N.E., from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 2-6, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
- Cleveland: Visitors may call at the United Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, 1385 Andrews Ave., Lakewood, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27-30 and Oct. 1, 2, 4 and 5; from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 3, and from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 6.
- St. Petersburg, Fla.: Visitors may call at the Latvian American Center, 1705 9th Ave. N., from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 27-Oct. 6.
- Minneapolis: Visitors may call at the Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church of Minneapolis and St. Paul, 3152 17th Ave. S., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27-30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1, and from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 2-6.
- Boston: Visitors may call at the Latvian Ev.-Lutheran “Trimda” Church of Boston, 58 Irving St., Brookline, from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, 5, and 6; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and Oct. 4, and from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 2.
- New York: Vistors may call at the Latvian Permanent Mission to the United Nations, 333 East 50th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27-Oct. 6.
Information about the candidates and party platform also is available in text and audio formats on the Web site of the Central Election Commission in Rīga, www.cvk.lv.
On election day, Oct. 7, polling stations in Latvia and abroad will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time. A total of 53 polling stations will operate outside of Latvia.
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