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