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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:31 AM
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Iraqi Expatriates Begin Voting in U.S.
1 hour, 8 minutes ago Middle East - AP


By DEE-ANN DURBIN, Associated Press Writer

SOUTHGATE, Mich. - Joyful tears and frequent applause marked the start of U.S. voting Friday in Iraq's first independent elections in more than 50 years.

Iraqi expatriates began casting votes at 7 a.m. inside an abandoned store in this Detroit suburb. Periodically, cheers would erupt from one of the 15 polling stations.

"We feel happy now. This is like America, this voting," said Zoha Yess, 64, who moved to Inkster nine years ago. "We want fair, good government."

Overseas voting continues through Sunday, which is election day in Iraq itself.

more: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/ap/2005...
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:33 AM
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1. uh.....
"We feel happy now. This is like America, this voting," said Zoha Yess, 64, who moved to Inkster nine years ago. "We want fair, good government."


this is America you're voting in. If you were voting in Iraq you'd probably be blown up. I'm assuming all these expatriates are moving back to Iraq after the election? After all it will be just like America there.
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trogdor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:40 AM
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8. Not a chance.
On a seperate note, if you believe the Creationist hogwash that we're all descencant from Adam and Eve, every living human is technically eligible to vote in Iraq, since that's where Adam and Eve allegedly hail from.
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:33 PM
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16. cool
I'm voting for candidate # 338
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NickFun Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:48 AM
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2. Oh Boy! Free Elections!
No one in Iraq even knows who the candidates are! They are keeping their faces concealed to avoid being killed! Nothng has changed over there. The candidates are all US picked puppets. The number of people we have killed in a short period of time greatly exceeds the number killed during Sadaams time in office. Of course, everyone wants "fair, good government" but even WE do not have that!
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:51 AM
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4. Great rant, and unfortunately too true
Welcome to DU, NickFun. :hi:
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:56 AM
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5. hey NickFun welcome to DU .....nice to have you on board!..
:hi:
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 08:51 AM
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3. 40 yr old american born woman of Iraqi decent is voting..just because...
she has her dead fathers passport bush says she can vote in the Iraqi elections along with her 2nd generation american son....both are voting in CA today!

WTF is that all about???
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buzzard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:23 AM
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12. Exactly what I was wondering, are other US citizens allowed to vote
in elections of their country of origin by polling places set up in the US?
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:59 AM
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14. yes!even if they are 2&3 generation Americans of Iraq decent they can vote
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 11:07 AM by ElsewheresDaughter
as long as they have their deceased parents or grandparents documents such as passports or birth certificates or immigration papers.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:07 AM
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19. Who made that rule?
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peacebird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 11:08 AM
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15.  to claim the "election" is a success * has to show people voting
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 11:09 AM by peacebird
doesn't matter to him WHO voted, or in what country they voted, or if they have ever seen Iraq, or....

all that matters is photos showing people voting.

IMHO - it also does not matter who they vote FOR, all those petty details were worked out long in advance...
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Village Idiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:10 AM
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6. HEEHEEHEE!!!
"We feel happy now. This is like America, this voting," said Zoha Yess, 64, who moved to Inkster nine years ago. "We want fair, good government."


YA - and, just like America, it won't matter a bit who you voted for when Allawi is confirmed as Iraq's new president!!!

Idiotsidiotsidiots!!!
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:38 AM
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Career Prole Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:54 AM
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11. 10% turnout if they're lucky...and they won't be.
Only a brainwashed fool would expect a functioning democracy to come from this invasion and occupation...and you?
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Tracer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:44 AM
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9. Last night on the NewsHour ...
... there was a segment on Iraqi-Americans voting.

Other than some really happy-looking Kurds from Connecticut(!), the rest of the segment was devoted to legitimate and angry complaints about the voting system.

- People needed to make TWO trips to the voting centers (of which there were ony 4 in the whole country). Once to verity their identity, and the second time to actually vote. Many people said that this was a near impossibility for people who lived long distances away from the centers.

- The ballot was close to being indecipherable ... with hundreds and hundreds of political parties on it. People interviewed said that they really had no idea of the platforms of the parties and a government flack said that it was not the * administration's doody to inform the voters.
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:46 AM
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10. Voting from a safe distance
while American boys and girls are dying in their place just as was the "Liberation" of Kuwait.

We are such suckers for a scam.

IMHO

180
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 10:27 AM
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13. This is SO WRONG. People who've never set foot in Iraq.
At least the AP bothered to mention that Iraq HAS HAD independant elections. bush keeps saying this is The First Time Ever.

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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:23 PM
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17. Representation without taxation
I don't think you should be allowed to vote in a country's election if you don't live there, with the exception of people traveling for relatively short periods of time or who are posted to foreign locations due to job commitments. It would be like me voting in the next U.K. election just because my mother was born in Scotland eighty some years ago.
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NYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:09 AM
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20. I fully agree.
I think this is nonsense.
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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 04:27 PM
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18. "independent elections"
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 04:29 PM by twaddler01
Even though we invaded the country and are still present there...

:crazy:
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:16 AM
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21. Isn't this a convenient way to get a list of Iraqi expatriates?
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 12:16 AM by FlemingsGhost
Seriously. Think about it ...
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:42 AM
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22. Well, he has one part right...
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 12:43 AM by rainbow4321
it is going to be like America in that shrub and gang have already probably picked who will win the election even though the the votes have yet to be cast!

My favorite quote from another article was a guy running for office over in Iraq complaining that religion was being used to manipulate the politics leading up to their election...gosh, glad THAT could never happen here in America....that would really suck, wouldn't it?

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