The Norman Transcript

June 20, 2013

Iranian-American voting puzzling


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

I am rather puzzled and hope someone can enlighten me. In the Saturday, June 15, Transcript was an interesting story of Iranian-Americans voting in Iran’s recent presidential election.

When I became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1949, I took an oath of allegiance to my new country, forsaking all ties to and support of any foreign government, potentate, sovereign. They must have also.

How can these Iranian-Americans vote in an Iranian election? Apparently only a valid Iranian passport was needed. If they are Americans, they surely can only use valid U.S. passports.

I am very proud of my English heritage but would never be a traitor to my adopted country by voting in their elections. I am truly worried and would appreciate a knowledgeable answer.

MARY R. ALLEN

Norman