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post #1 of 10
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Can anyone explain this to me?
I don't mean this as ANY offence AT all to the Iraqi's but to me it makes no sense.
If an Iraqi is living in the US legally why do they get to vote in the Iraq elections? Do they not vote for the US President?
Last time I understood, you voted for the leader of the country you lived in, as a citizen.
So please if anyone can explain this I would really appreciate it.
Thank you.
post #2 of 10
maybe they are not american citizens
post #3 of 10
Good question. The only thing I can think of, is maybe they are Iraqi's who are on an extended visit to the US, maybe attending school or something, but are not a citizen of the US.
post #4 of 10
It's called absentee voting.
Americans overseas voted the same way in the last US Presidential elections.
post #5 of 10
I would assume that they are either Iraqi, not U.S., citizens, or have dual nationality, and thus can vote by absentee ballot. I voted in the November elections, although I live in Germany, because I'm a U.S. citizen.
post #6 of 10
Yes it is absentee voting.....but it's not the same as when Americans vote in the U.S. Presidential election while in another country. One of the BIG differences is that when Americans vote from another country....that country does NOT foot the bill to the tune of millions of dollars. Nashville will be spending a lot of money on additional police officers, more security, transportation, and various other things.

I don't know if any of you caught my thread in the Cat Lounge titled "This Makes Me a Little Nervous".....but I happen to live in one of the five cities in the U.S. that is hosting the Iraqui voting. In fact, the initial gathering place for 16,000 Iraquis to check-in, register, and then be transported to the polls, is located less than 2 blocks from my home. It's the park where my daughter plays softball every year. It is a highly populated, residential area, and I'm very concerned about the security issues during this highly contested election.

Just this morning on the news, a local counselman was interviewed because he is opposing this location because he says that it's a terrible idea to have this staging area located in the middle of a residential area with the traffic concerns and the potential security issues. If someone wanted to make a statement about their feelings on the Iraqui election known.....what better place than to set off a bomb in the middle of a residential area while 16,000 Iraquis are also present at the time?

I am really nervous about all this. And I'm supposed to be working that weekend. Am I going to be able to feel good about leaving my children at home, about 1/4 mile away from the park, while all this is going on? I'm seriously considering taking off that weekend and taking my kids to go stay somewhere else. I know there will be a lot of security......but if someone wants to do something.....all the security in the world won't stop them. Call me crazy.....but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
post #7 of 10
Believe it or not, this is actually a really common thing. I grew up in a neighborhood where there were a lot people from various South American countries, and they were able to vote in the elections in their old country, and citizenship didn't always matter. Who can vote is dictated by the laws of the country holding the election, not the country where the potential voter lives, and it's often based on where you or your parents were born. In some cases, people who were born outside of a country and have never even lived there can vote in the elections. For example, several years back I learned that I was eligible to vote in the elections for governor of Puerto Rico, since my mother was born there, even though I've never lived there. I didn't do it, because I thought it would be ridiculous, and the rules may have changed since then. But that was the official law in P.R.

My guess is they are allowing Iraqis outside of Iraq to vote because a lot of people didn't so much immigrate from Iraq but rather fled Iraq, and would still be living there if not for Saddam Hussein.
post #8 of 10
I have a feeling that more Iraqis will vote who live outside of Iraq - it will be safer for them! It will be a scary step for them to take as a people, yet a very important one!
post #9 of 10
Does anybody know if actual campaigning is going on in the U.S.? Apparently a lot of the candidates in Iraq are remaining anonymous, for fear of being murdered. Voters are supposed to choose anonymous "slates" sponsored by the various groups, e.g., "List No. 169", approved by the Grand Ayatullah Sistani.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone for clearing this up for me
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