Democracy

62 Percent of Iraqis Vote

The results of the weekend’s election in Iraq are still unknown, but the turnout will have American politicos green with envy: 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots—a slightly smaller percentage than Iraq’s 2005 election but still more than the 56.8 percent of Americans who turned out for the 2008 showdown between Barack Obama and John McCain. Voting was down in Baghdad, where only 53 percent of people voted, perhaps because of a series of bombs that went off early on Sunday. Results are not expected until later this week.