The people of Iran vote in a national referendum to approve of their nation becoming the Islamic Republic of Iran under the control of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
The vote is overwhelming, 98%, but opponents of Khomeini are staying away from the polls in response to calls for boycotts. The vote today is primarily a vote of confidence in the rule of Khomeini because the proposed Islamic constitution of Iran is still being kept secret.
Voting is not secret — Iranians submit a green ballot for "yes" for an Islamic Republic and a red one for "no". Ayatollah Khomeini tells the world that Iranians had voted "to establish a government of righteousness and to overthrow and bury the monarchy in the garbage can of history."