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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:53 PM
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Polls Open, Voters File in Across Iraq
http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/world/sns-ap-ir...

By HAMZA HENDAWI
Associated Press Writer

January 29, 2005, 11:33 PM EST

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Voters trickled into polling stations under tight security Sunday in Iraq, casting ballots despite promises by insurgents to sabotage the country's first free election in a half-century.

Iraqi President Ghazi al-Yawer was one of the first to vote at election headquarters in the heavily fortified Green Zone, calling the action his country's first step "toward joining the free world."

Across the nation, the nearly 5,200 polling stations opened on schedule, with workers checking voter identifications and police standing guard.

There were no immediate reports of violence, but an explosion was heard at the U.S. military base at Kirkuk in the north. Scattered small arms fire was heard near another U.S. base near Baghdad's airport.
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Borgnine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:55 PM
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1. Finally, fradulent elections can be established in Iraq!
The illusion of freedom is on the march!
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:55 PM
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2. Any 10 hour lines?
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:02 AM
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6. Only in the the districts where same sex marriage is on the ballot.
:evilgrin:
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MattNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 11:58 PM
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3. best of luck to them
hope it goes well.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:02 AM
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4. But how would we ever know? n/t
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:07 AM
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10. We will know after the election...
someone will leak it out!! Democrats Undergrounds Jornalist will be there with hidden camera.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:07 AM
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9. I hope it goes good for our people there
and the Iraqis. They were shoved into this mess for better or worse.
Initial reports are saying on TV that the Iraqi police are shooting wildly at anything/anyone they think could cause problems and that efforts to calm them down haven't worked. Paranoia? Inexperience? Power hungry? Who knows.
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skippythwndrdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:02 AM
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5. Good luck, Iraq. May you proceed on the path to democracy.
My prayers are with you.

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Pam-Moby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:05 AM
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7. We all know that B*sh
will appoint whom ever he wants in there!! They will say that the vote outside of Iraq has determined who the Pres of Iraq is and you all know it will be a candidate B*sh wants in there!!!
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:06 AM
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8. Early exit polling data is showing Allawi with 99% of the vote n/t
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:08 AM
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11. That seems unlikely.
Who else would Bush vote for?
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:09 AM
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12. Of Course!!! No is no other candidate... Allawi is the man
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Rainscents Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:11 AM
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14. 5200 polling place?
Wow... Did we had that many here in one state? Like California?
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:09 AM
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13. Did W ship Katherine Harris over there?
to get the results he wanted?
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alcuno Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:12 AM
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15. Just reported that there has been one voter in Ramadi - city of 500k
People are going to wait until later in the day to vote. If they do.
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osaMABUSh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:13 AM
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16. Let's say Election Day has less violence than expected
There is no doubt that in the next days or weeks the violence will spike up again. Especially when the Iraqi and US troops don't have the polling places to focus on.
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:16 AM
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17. We're only into election day by
a little more than an hour over there.
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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:18 AM
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18. No sign of voting in Sunni cities
From AP:

There was no sign of voting in the Sunni Arab cities of Ramadi, Samarra, and Fallujah west of the capital, where support for the insurgency runs deep. Sunni extremists, fearing victory by the Shiites, have called for a boycott, claiming no vote held under U.S. military occupation is legitimate.
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proudbluestater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:18 AM
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19. "5,200 polling stations" = Each voter gets their OWN station!
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Elidor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-30-05 12:39 AM
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20. And now your election weather:
Scattered small arms fire in the early hours, building to open confrontation and long-range mortars in the early afternoon. Look out for anti-personnel mines and suicide bombers around dusk, with random kidnappings and occasional drive-bys into the early morning hours.
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