Its very interesting, for the first time in seven years another election is being held in Iraq. To protect the anonymity of the voters, they are to sign their names and give their addresses in the privacy of a booth. This security measure will allow the Iraqi's to vote in the confidence knowing their vote was definately counted (and reviewed, and analyzed by the secret police).
I think though that CNN might be taking this a bit too naively as seen in their quote "Will Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's future be determined at the ballot box rather than the battlefield? Iraqi citizens are preparing to go to the polls to decide whether Hussein stays in office. We bring you the story in part one of our weeklong series 'Iraq — You Decide.'" However, in a way they are accurate through no fault of their own. The US will decide if Saddam's future will be ballots or bullets, I just hope it will be before the "afterglow" of a Tel Aviv or US base somewhere.
Every eligible voter voted. So not only 100% of the vote went to Saddam, but 100% of the possible voters voted. I wonder if they could have a Jurasic Park type moment. The one where they realize the computer stops counting at the number of dinos they expect and does not go over? If they counted all the votes would there have been a turn out of 102%?
Call out John McCain... isn't his what he desires? No negative campaigning... No suspicious fundraising... No counter advertising under other names? Call out Al Gore... No Barbara Harris to attack... No hanging chads or State Supreme Courts to focus on... No need to count the cemetary vote, but not the military?
Actually, Saddam probably desires a few "token" opposition votes. No one would believe 100%, but he thinks the world will believe 99.6%.
There does exist a real potential for mischief in the Iraqi election that has not been mentioned. Say you have a feud with your neighbor. When you go to vote, write in his name as an alternative to Saddam. The secret police would probably let you go as a "token" opposition voter, but one thing Saddam would never do is overlook the danger of any possible rival. Your neighbor is history.
that doesn't work so well, when 100% are required to vote, they'll come knocking at your door when you 'failed to vote', unless you can get two voting slips. And what happens when your neigbor has two votes - one yes, one no - or one yes, and a dozen no's (apparently not a well liked neighbor <grin> ).
I would like to know one thing. What percentage of the population voted for Saddam because they're actually fanatic about him and what percentage felt compelled to for fear of their lives? Is this even knowable?
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In Germany's 1934 election, Hitler was favored by 89.9% of voters. It appears that Saddam has even Hitler beat. But come on, does anyone really believe that Iraq is a democracy?
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