Locals React to Election Day in Iraq

Many Iraqis defied threats of violence and calls for a boycott to cast a ballot.

Coverage of the Iraqi election has been extensive from voters overseas to voters heading to polls right here in the U.S.

“I was excited to see all the bravery this morning on the TV where people actually went out taking their life in their hands and the chance they may lose their life just to exercise their freedom," said Florida resident Diane Kesling.

But not everyone sees this new era for Iraq as a better life for Iraqi citizens.

"People are dying every day and it's a tragedy that people are standing for the beliefs of our country, that the word freedom is being misused and misrepresented, and I wish it was accurately reported with journalistic integrity," shared Florida resident Ken Klay.

What we heard from most of you is a hope for the future.

"I think it's wonderful that people are free to vote. I think it's wonderful that they're exercising their opportunity to vote and hopefully it'll give them a free nation and allow our troops to come home," said Florida resident Roger Kesling.

Military officials say this is just the first step towards a free Iraq, but so far there is no date for American troops to return home.

The price of freedom for Iraqis was not cheap. Thousands of soldiers died for the cause, and Sunday amid this historic moment, an American marine was killed and a British C-130 cargo plane crashed north of Baghdad.