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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Welcoming the Delays in the Tunisian Vote Count

Though as of this writing only 192 of the 217 seats in the Tunisian elections have been declared, and I had a fleeting thought along the lines of, "This is taking longer than most Arab elections results," I then reflected a moment and realized that's a good thing. For the first time, 1) they're actually counting the votes, and 2) they waited until after the election to count them. You can get the results out more quickly if you tally up the totals before people vote, but Tunisia is doing it differently for once.

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