There can no longer be any doubt that the famous purple finger is nothing more than a silly, stupid, PR game to create symbolism for the WH to use as "evidence" of Iraq's "growing democracy". I present to you the following picture courtesy of Reuters.
Wait, wait, it turns out, that she is an Iraqi-expatriot residing in Canada and is voting not in Iraq, but in Dearborn Michigan. Now when this whole "purple finger" stuff started in Afghanistan I thought, "well, ok, they have to resort to primative means to keep track of who has voted. I would think they could come up with something better than that, but you gotta do what you gotta do. But now, we know for a fact that in Dearborn Michigan they have a better way to keep track of who has voted than to dip fingers in purple ink. This is nothing more than a cheap symbolism, and I resent it.
UPDATE---That photographer is pretty lazy too if he feels like he can't go to Iraq to get a picture of Iraqis voting and has to go to Dearborn Michigan instead.