First Read checks in on the Iranian elections:

The Associated Press is reporting that the state media in Iran has declared President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the winner in that country's presidential election. But Reuters writes that Ahmadinejad's top challenger, Mir Hossein Mousavi, has called himself the "definite winner." Shades of Bush vs. Gore in 2000? We'll have more when we see it.


Joe Klein is worried about the very confusing ballots:

The candidates are listed by name and by number...and also by code. You vote by writing down the candidate's name and then his...what? Number...or code? No one is quite sure. The leading reformer, Mir-Hussein Moussavi, has the number 4 and the code 777. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has the number 1 and the code 444. So the question arises: If you vote for Moussavi and list his number as 4...have you actually voted for Ahmadinejad? And why on earth have they devised such a complicated ballot in the first place?


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