Disenfranchised Iraq-Americans and Iraqis in America

It doesn't matter how you feel about the war; a new country having legitimate democratic elections should be a cause for celebration. Let's see if the international monitors agree.

However, Iraqis in America are eligible to vote in their country's democratic elections--if they could get to a polling place. There are only a handful in the US near large Iraq-American population centers, and only one west of the rockies in Irvine, Calif., south of LA and north of San Diego.

Only 10 percent of eligible Iraqis here registered, in part because registration was several days before voting. This means a dramatic undervote from people living in democracy about the future of a country they may go back to or have an ongoing relationship with. It's probably security that kept more voting places from opening, but it's a shame.