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June 7: Deborah Hakes Blogs From the 2009 Lebanon Parliamentary Elections

Deborah Hakes is assistant director of public information for The Carter Center.

The long lines surprised all of us. They wound down stairs and through the hallways of elementary schools, municipal buildings, and other polling sites where we visited. It made walking from polling station to polling station a very crowded affair.

The voters seemed in good spirits though, often …