Local Elections in Iraq

Via the BBC:  Iraq in first vote since US pullout

Iraqis have voted in a provincial election, the first ballot since the departure of US troops in late 2011.


Almost 14 million Iraqis are eligible to vote for more than 8,000 candidates, who are competing for 378 seats in provincial councils.


Voters were searched twice before being allowed to enter polling stations in the capital, and security forces were patrolling in great numbers.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. MarkedMan says:

    These may be more important to Iraq’s future than who governs at the federal level.