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Our Greatest Civic Ritual
American.com, by Michael R. Strain

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 11/6/2012 3:54:56 PM

This year my polling place was across the street from my apartment. Nice, I thought. I showed up at 6:05am wearing a pullover and no coat, expecting to be in and out. It turns out that they had five voting booths and a line that went on for blocks. There was a guy ahead of me in line wearing a gorilla suit. His vote counts the same as mine. It was 40 degrees out.

      


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