What’s up with the Iraqi voting fraud investigation?

There hasn’t been a lot of news on this. I’m thinking there must not be a whole lot to the allegations overall, though, or we’d be hearing a whole lot more about it.

I did notice this in an AP/MSNBC.com article, though:

Word of the review came Monday as Sunni Arab leaders repeated accusations of fraud after initial reports from the provinces suggested the constitution had passed. Among the Sunni allegations are that police took ballot boxes from heavily “no” districts, and that some “yes” areas had more votes than registered voters. [emphasis mine]

The losing party/group is claiming fraud.

And critics thought the Iraqi people wouldn’t understand how democracy worked.

For what it’s worth, we can probably dismiss the “more votes than registered voters” accusation, if only because every time Republicans make it in America we’re treated to dozens of reasons why the supposed violation isn’t really anything to worry about. (I’m sure it goes the other way some times, as well. I just don’t recall hearing anything about it recently.)


  1. I may be misunderstanding, but you seem to be saying that accusations of voting fraud are not worth looking into. I would think that good citizens would be concerned enough to want a good accounting even if ‘their’ side wins. I didn’t think the idea of fair elections was partisan.

  2. No, I’m not saying it’s not worth looking into. I’m saying don’t put too much stock into the claims unless the investigation comes up with something substantial. My personal experience as a voter and sometime follower of elections has taught me that the ‘more votes than registered voters’ is usually dismissed by one particular group out of hand. I didn’t think it was partisan, either. But it often seems to be.