Florida Residents Refuse To Vote In New Polling Place


Residents of Boca Raton are outraged by a new polling place in their town. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“When told his Islamic Center of Boca Raton would no longer be allowed to be a polling place, President Bassem Alhalabi says he was saddened. "We were very happy to serve the community."

He says he was especially stunned because of where he votes himself.

“Personally me and my wife and all the kids, we vote at a church. And we made friends there," Alhalabi says

Alhalabi says Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher called him personally because of the role the Islamic Center already plays in the community.

The mosque also functions as a hurricane shelter, feeds the homeless and even works with the juvenile justice department.”

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  60 comments for “Florida Residents Refuse To Vote In New Polling Place

  1. huckleberry12
    July 16, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    libraries are socialist.

    • VividElites - PC Call of Duty
      July 16, 2016 at 6:52 PM

      Republicans are racist.

      Stereotypes suck don’t they?

    July 16, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Plenty of truck parking spaces at mosques

    • Rami Games
      July 16, 2016 at 6:45 PM

      OH Snap

  3. BotanicalCreature
    July 16, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    3:01 for the fart

    • emerald3331
      July 16, 2016 at 6:29 PM

      At least you watch the video some of the trolls just come here to make rude

    • VividElites - PC Call of Duty
      July 16, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      +emerald3331 doesn’t mean he’s trolling. It sounded like someone moving a

  4. Based Papa
    July 16, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Face it! Islam is incompatible with the western culture.

    • Geoffrey Sorkin
      July 16, 2016 at 6:42 PM

      Fundamentalist Islam is incompatible with Western culture. As is
      fundamentalist Christianity (Uganda is a Christian Nation run by
      fundamentalist Christians). As is fundamentalist Judaism (why do you think
      Orthodox and more specifically Hasidic Jews have their own communities
      apart from modern society). As is Fundamentalist Hinduism (look at the
      problems with honor rape in rural sectarian parts of India).

      The nice thing about secular Muslims (the vast majority of the 1.2 billion
      Muslims in the world) is that they are nonviolent and ignore the violent
      parts of Islam that make Fundamentalist Islam incompatible with western
      culture. Kind of like secular Christians, secular Jews, and secular Hindus.

      The problem with religion is that is wrong (and many parts of its holy
      books are evil), and the problem with fundamentalist religion is that it
      doubles down on the evil aspects of the holy books, and strongly believes
      the wrong nonsense that is religion.

  5. John Hillion
    July 16, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Doesn’t Cenk remember when he did the story of students protesting Mosques
    being built in all the university’s in Turkey? He said they felt they were
    being built to remind them who’s really in charge. I wouldn’t want to go
    vote in any religious establishment either because I believe in secularism
    and why assume they’re all just scared right wingers, why not people pissed
    that religion is trying to mix with the electoral system?

    • The Tech Man
      July 16, 2016 at 6:31 PM

      A lot of places use churches as polling placed because you have to have a
      polling every so distance for the amount of people that there are, in any
      given county, some there aren’t that many public buildings spread around a
      county. It’s not like they are forcing religion. All they are doing is
      using the building.
      (this is coming from someone who believes in complete separation of church
      and state)

  6. ‫كل الأديان من جدي وجدك هههههههه‬‎
    July 16, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Islam is the worse cancer
    it damages our brain and
    turns us to apologists or terrorists

    • Jason Wedderburn
      July 16, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      ok mohammed

      July 16, 2016 at 6:55 PM

      Your name is roughly, “All religions from my grandfather to your
      grandfather Hahahahaha” in Arabic….

  7. Matt Lilly
    July 16, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Aren’t you supposed to remove your shoes before entering a mosque? Or were
    they going to suspended that for the day? Completely understandable if to
    vote you gotta act like your going to grandmas house.

    • Slavir Nabru
      July 16, 2016 at 6:50 PM

      This is a really interesting point, I wouldn’t want to upset the crazy
      people by keeping my muddy boots on, but on principle I also wouldn’t be
      willing to panda to the sensibilities of an imaginary sky wizard. I suppose
      I’d have to get a postal vote.

  8. Michael Workinger
    July 16, 2016 at 6:12 PM

    Heaven forbid the American Floridians show a stitch of social evolution.

    • Danny B
      July 16, 2016 at 6:37 PM

      Just because this happened doesn’t mean everyone in Florida is like this.
      Using that logic is completely idiotic.

    • Steven Choza
      July 16, 2016 at 6:58 PM

      +Andy Dominguez
      That’s religious extremism in general.

      It’s only been a serious problem among Muslims-majority countries because
      they are in a situation similar to Germany during the Great Depression.
      That’s the scenario that tends to promote the growth of radical ideologies,
      in this case Radical “Fundamentalist” Islam. And, to make it worse, this
      has been the case for years, decades, even.

      If Nazism could grow so much in a less than decade before it took over
      Germany, imagine how powerful out of control another radical ideology can
      become with more time.

  9. DrZarkloff
    July 16, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    i get bad vibes from mosques.

    • Deathbox
      July 16, 2016 at 6:50 PM

      +Andy Dominguez Ignorance is bliss. You have no idea who Muhammad was..

    • Heinrich Hertz
      July 16, 2016 at 6:52 PM

      Muhammad was a pedophile warlord that conquered and submited Islam through

    • Boosted Fool
      July 16, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      I get bad vibes from churches.

  10. Pallas AnitaSarkeesian
    July 16, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    They don’t want to get raped.

    • Shadnan Ishan
      July 16, 2016 at 6:37 PM


    • Diana Rivera
      July 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM

      What rape are you kidding me

    • the dude
      July 16, 2016 at 6:43 PM

      by you?

  11. Hamster Pooh
    July 16, 2016 at 6:09 PM

    I wouldn’t want to vote at a church either…or a temple. Keep government
    and religion separated.

    • MrzPicatu
      July 16, 2016 at 6:26 PM

      It’s just a space dude, it’s not that deep. If going into a mosque
      influences/offends you, I don’t even know what to say

    • Angel Light
      July 16, 2016 at 6:27 PM

      It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s only being rented out for that day.
      Nobody is going to be harassed, it’s just ignorance to be so prejudiced and
      only keeps us divided and continues to feed the hatred and the war between
      the people.. A true danger to peace and order..

    • Zachary Roberts
      July 16, 2016 at 6:35 PM

      It’s not there to convert you, the polling place is there so you can vote.
      Chill out, dude.

    • the dude
      July 16, 2016 at 6:42 PM

      you wouldn’t but others would and it still happen

    • sam brooks
      July 16, 2016 at 6:49 PM

      They are separate. It’s a venue.
      Just like no one expects you to go into full time education or retirement
      because of voting in a school or retirement home.

  12. Jason Dovydaitis
    July 16, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Who would want to vote at place that condones the abuse of women, gays, and
    children? Florida got this one right

    • Jason Dovydaitis
      July 16, 2016 at 6:46 PM

      a large portion of US Muslims are in favor of sharia. How naive would you
      have to be to think a lot of people that attend this mosque don’t support
      oppressive sharia?

    • D Johnson
      July 16, 2016 at 6:46 PM

      So what you are saying is that they don’t have the death penalty for being
      gay. It’s funny how they start pushing for it when sharia is on the rise

  13. Fido4President
    July 16, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    3:01 Is that a fart?

    • conor alvarez
      July 16, 2016 at 6:16 PM

      i was waiting for someone to comment that lol

    • War_Destroyer
      July 16, 2016 at 6:24 PM

      It was fat boy cenk…

    • quaxk
      July 16, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      sound more like a queef to me, probably ana fat puss loosening itself…

  14. luke lee
    July 16, 2016 at 6:07 PM

    As long as they have no polling places at christian community centers

    • Tryo707
      July 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM

      Mine is a church.

    • SultanMenzuma
      July 16, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      Mine was at a church.

    • luke lee
      July 16, 2016 at 6:55 PM

      So, they have voting places at churches. But not at an islamic community

  15. axman82
    July 16, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Was that a fart at 3:02?

    • emerald3331
      July 16, 2016 at 6:27 PM

      Sorry, I had to let it out, couldn’t hold it any longer, thanks for
      watching the video — TYT intern.

    • Sarah Bearheart
      July 16, 2016 at 6:48 PM

      I admit i lol’d

  16. Jonathan J. (BettyBlueGT)
    July 16, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    Shocked most whites aren’t dead from fear and hating stress.

    • Sylvanas Windrunner
      July 16, 2016 at 6:43 PM

      Muslims hate jews even more. So.. yeah.

    • Muhammad Abdullah
      July 16, 2016 at 6:46 PM

      yeah,we hate jews

  17. Ted Ingalls
    July 16, 2016 at 6:05 PM

    I don’t care if it’s Islam, Christianity or whatever, we don’t need these
    belief systems around nor treat them like “community centers” when they are
    anything but community centers.

    • Kel S
      July 16, 2016 at 6:44 PM

      why even have it at churches, when they can be held at publicly funded
      centers like libraries?

    • Travis7060312
      July 16, 2016 at 6:48 PM

      +Kel S they do. Schools too.

    • Roxasthesupersaiyan
      July 16, 2016 at 6:51 PM

      They’re polling places at the moment, nothing more nothing less.

    • A Hasan
      July 16, 2016 at 6:59 PM

      you’re not qualified to make that judgement… you are free to believe
      anything you want mind your business when it comes to what i believe

  18. Armando™ _
    July 16, 2016 at 6:04 PM

    >| #ReligionOfPeace ||l “”|””__,_
    >(@)@)***(@)(@)**(@)coming thru

    • Kerns Noel (DePhoegon)
      July 16, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      No religion is peaceful.

      It’s the people who are peaceful.

  19. VanHarst
    July 16, 2016 at 6:03 PM

    but nobody is complaining about Christian churches…

    • Rockyblack smith
      July 16, 2016 at 6:41 PM

      It’s a secular country. If America stuck to evangelical heritage, it should
      radically oppose the term “christian country”. A lot of baptists fled
      europe because of persecution. They were percecuted for, among other
      things, rejecting the concept of a state church. Keep religion and politics
      away from each other, or both get corrupted.

    • Boosted Fool
      July 16, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      I do..

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