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Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 12, 2005


Out of Country Voting for Iraq Elections in the United States

On December 15, 2005, elections will be held for Iraq's National Parliament. The Parliament will then select the Prime Minister and President. This election will decide the members for the entire new Iraqi government.

At the request of the Iraqi Embassy, the U.S. Government has agreed to allow the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) to hold parliamentary elections for Iraqi nationals residing in the U.S. from December 13 to 15, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Registration and voting can occur on the same day. Chicago, San Diego, Nashville, and Washington DC will host the main voting centers, with Detroit serving as a fifth voting center and IECI's U.S. headquarters.

There are approximately 240,000 eligible Iraqi voters in the U.S. While the U.S. Government is not organizing this process, we support the enfranchisement of Iraqis in the United States.

In order to participate in the election, Iraqis must register. To be considered eligible, voters must prove identity, Iraqi nationality, and have been born on or before 31 December 1986. Under January 2005 procedures, Iraqis must be able to prove their eligibility with at least two documents issued by a state agency or international institution.

Out of Country Voting SITES


CHICAGO
Caldo-Assyrian Community Center
9131 Niles Centre Road
Skokie, IL 60067

DETROIT
Farmington Hills Manor
23666 Orchard Lake Rd.
Farmington Hills MI 48336

Greenfield Manor
4770 Greenfield Road
Dearborn MI 48126

NASHVILLE
Police Benevolent Association
418 Harding Industrial Drive
Nashville TN 37211

CALIFORNIA
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona CA 91768

Royal Palace Restaurant
1340 Broadway
El Cajon, CA 92021

WASHINGTON D.C.
Best Western Tysons Westpark Hotel
8401 Westpark Drive
McLean, VA 22102-3602

Media Contact: Iraq Out of Country Spokesman Michael Youash; Tel: 202-378-8082

2005/1157

Released on December 12, 2005

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