My cousin in Iran called my uncle often in the early days of mass protests and police crackdowns. Those moments full of hushed tones and furrowed brows would snap us back to the reality of the situation.
Ahmadinejad's response to the election protesters was, "It is not important who voted for whom. What we need is national greatness." An effective cost-saving measure might be to eliminate the voting as it appears to be irrelevant and misleading.
Today the Iranian people are gagged. Today the Iranian people are counting their dead, their wounded, and the disappeared. Today Iranians' most fundamental rights are systematically and brutally violated.
Two Ph.D. candidates performed a mathematical experiment, looking at "digit frequencies" in the vote counts to come up with a statistical probability that the election was fair. The probability came out to .005.