Saturday, November 06, 2004

The Americans certainly have an odd way of settling ties in elections. For example, two candidates in White Pine County, Nevada were running for County Commissioner, and each received 1847 votes. So to decide the winner, they cut a deck of cards. The loser ended up with a seven of diamonds while the winner drew a queen of clubs. Then civil war erupted.

No, no. Just kidding about the civil war part.

As you know, Iraq was a thriving democracy until the Americans invaded. Granted, I personally never had any opposition, but that was purely by coincidence.... And the occasional public execution.

However, down at the local levels, electoral draws would occasionally occur. But under the terms of the previous Iraqi constitution, we settled such ties in a much more civilized manner: The candidate with the bigger militia won.