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Nice Numbers

The Bill Gertz/Rowan Scarborough “Inside the Ring” column today in the WashTimes notes:

Nearly 70 percent of Iraqis voted in this month’s constitutional referendum. The Bush administration and Iraq allies consider it a success.

Here are some statistics that might explain why, compared with January’s elections for the interim government.

. Polling centers: 6,235 vs. 5,677

. Poll workers: 171,000 vs. 102,000

. Applications to be poll workers: 450,000 vs. 110,000

. In violence-ridden al Anbar Province: 171 polling places vs. 33

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