The Lebanese Embassy in U.S. has said that privacy and anonymity for voters would be guaranteed. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Washington's strong stance against the actions of Hezbollah has filtered into the Lebanese diaspora that supports the group, with some saying they are concerned the U.S. government could penalize them for taking part in upcoming parliamentary elections.The U.S. has long designated the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist group.Gaby Issa, Lebanese ambassador to the United States and himself a former U.S. citizen, told The Daily Star that he would ensure safe, secure and anonymous voting.A Hezbollah minister in the Lebanese government pointed to low voter registration among Lebanese expats in Michigan, an area with a high number of Shiites from all over Lebanon, as an indicator that Hezbollah supporters are afraid to participate in elections.Nevertheless, the Hezbollah minister admitted that potential voters were intimidated by the prospect of being targeted by U.S. authorities.
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