Ali Scotten kept getting rejected.

We were standing outside Caspian Market, a Persian bakery and grocery store off North Scottsdale Road. Scotten, the president of Arizona's chapter of the National Iranian American Council, was trying to convince people to register to vote.

Sparkling new BMWs and Mercedes kept pulling up in front of the store. Stooped white-haired men, young women with impressive eye makeup, and business professionals in gray suits would get out and walk past us, then return to their cars with armloads of warm bread. Scotten gamely tried to engage them in both English and Farsi.

"Register to vote for what?" one woman asked him.

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