AP PHOTOS: With ink-stained fingers, Iranians cast ballots


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With ink-stained fingers, Iranians were casting ballots on Friday in the first election since the nuclear deal with world powers.

On Friday, voters in the Islamic Republic lined up at 53,000 polling places, waiting patiently in front of the famed mosques of Qom or the crowded streets of Tehran. Women wore black chadors or loose scarves covering their hair, while young and old took part in the balloting.

Voters received two ballots, a blue one for parliament and a brown one for the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body charged with picking the country’s next supreme leader.

With lists on their mobile phones or on pamphlets, voters wrote down the names of the candidates they supported before dropping their forms into plastic ballot boxes. Workers stained voters’ fingers with ink to show they had cast a ballot.

Here is a series of Associated Press photographs showing voting in Iran’s election.

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