January 27, 2005

Ready to vote...

From Friends of Democracy, a story about Iraqi-Americans voting in the Iraq election...

IRVINE – Some boarded buses in Modesto at midnight to get here. Others flew in from Seattle, or drove six hours in the family car.

Not Suad Aleshaiker of Irvine. All she did was persuade her doctor at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center to let her sneak out of bed about noon Saturday - three days after stomach surgery....

...There are only five polling places in the United States - Irvine is the only site west of the Mississippi.

All of which made for a celebratory scene outside the old Officers Club at the former [El Toro] Marine base. People carried Iraqi flags, wore pins and Iraqi caps; they cheered and whooped while some played Iraqi music from their cars. "I cannot even describe it. I had tears in my eyes when I saw all the people coming here," said Raghad Oueida, 37, of Irvine, who arrived with her husband and 19-day-old infant. "Compare it? Believe me, it's like when I had my baby."...(link to story in
Orange County Register)

Letting the expats vote in the Iraq elections is a very good idea. They will be a valuable resource for the new Iraq, and participating in the elections will help involve them in the country.

Posted by John Weidner at January 27, 2005 12:54 PM
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