February 3, 2009 2:20 PM

Iraq voter turnout lower than expected in provincial vote

In the years of sectarian strife unleashed by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Ali Mahmood led a nomadic existence, moving from his native Basra to Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul and then back to Basra. That's why he was a no-show at Saturday's voting: The card he needed to vote was 500 miles away, in Mosul.

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