Friday, January 28, 2005

Polls are Open

Let the voting begin. The Iraqi election is underway. Voting in Iraq itself will take place on Sunday. But polls opened today in 14 countries this morning. Six American cities host polling places. This allows displaced Iraqi ex-patriots all over the world to participate in their new nation's first election. In order to be eligible to vote, Iraqi people worldwide had to register ahead of time. In order to register, expatriates needed to document their identities, their Iraqi nationality and prove they were born before December 31, 1986. In all, over 280,000 Iraqis registered for the international voting. In order to vote, registered voters needed to return to the same location where they registered. Six American cities will be hosting polling places for this historic election.