How many Iraqis voted?

Can’t find this info (not looking in the right places I guess), so maybe you all can help.

How many Iraqis voted? (not including Iraqis outside of the country) Please cite your source.

Thanks.

I keep hearing things like “estimates put the turnout in the elections at between 60 and 75 percent” but also other comments like “one quarter of the Iraqi population voted.” What estimates? What’s the true number?

Wikipedia lists the pop. of Iraq at approx. 25,000,000. (I’ve read other reports that say 33,000,000 people.) So, somewhere between 6,250,000 and 18,750,000 voted I guess, but 1/4 to 3/4 is too wide of a range to draw any useful conclusions --and the state of the union speech is tonight… ;)

I kept hearing that it was 60-70 % of the registered voters (don’t know how big a percentage that was of the whole country).[/u]

Can’t both numbers be true? The eligible voter population is probably less than half the total population. I have heard about 8 million people voted, but I don’t remember the source.

Can’t both numbers be true? The eligible voter population is probably less than half the total population. I have heard about 8 million people voted, but I don’t remember the source.[/quote]

I heard around 8 Million In-Country Iraqi’s voted, as well. One could probably add a few tens of thousands of Expatriates to that number.

Rich, you really should know that no country has enough eligible voters to have 75% of it’s total population vote.

That’s a duh, Ben. Just posting what the media muddle is saying.

Yeah, I’m seeing figures now like 8 million - so approx. a quarter to a third of Iraqis voted. Let’s see how the media handles the final tallies.

more numbers/guesses about voters and population. appprently no one knows for sure.

linky, from dailykos:

Howard Kurtz at least looked into the Iraqi numbers. In a Tuesday column, he observed that “the 14 million figure is the number of registered Iraqis, while turnout is usually calculated using the number of eligible voters. The number of adults in Iraq is probably closer to 18 million,” which would lower the turnout figure to 45% (if, indeed, the 8 million number holds up).

The critics also hit Kurtz for not providing a source for his 18 million figure. But Kurtz told E&P on Wednseday, “I talked to a couple of experts, one of whom was Ken Pollack, from Brookings, and also ran it by two of my reporters in Baghdad. But it is definitely an approximation, just trying to give a sense that – the one thing everyone I consulted seems to agree on – is that the 14 million, the baseline, is a very fuzzy figure because there was no registration.”

He said he thought it was Pollack, “who studies this for a living,” who pegged the adult population of Iraq at 17 or 18 million. “Maybe he leaned more toward 18 million,” Kurtz added. “I don’t know if this is a definitive figure but I was just trying to explain the difference between whatever that figure is and the 14 million that was so widely used by all the media as if it were everyone eligible – which means, to me, everyone over 18. When in fact it was this concocted number about passive registration based on who got rations. The point is, it’s all fuzzy math, and I was just trying to illustrate that.”