The Sunni Vote


Like everyone else, I'm interested in seeing the final turnout figures for Sunday's elections. I'm even more interested in the Sunni turnout, since that's the group that was widely expected to boycott the polls. I haven't seen any numbers yet—and at this stage, all numbers are still unreliable—but most reports seem to say it was low. On the other hand, Patrick Cockburn in The Independent says it was "higher than expected." (A Zogby poll had predicted only 9% of Iraqi Sunnis would vote.)

The AP notes that "Voters in the different provinces were not asked when they voted whether they were Sunnis or Shiites, so an estimate of Sunni turnout alone might be hard to reach."