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11/20/08

turn on, tune in, vote for me

The concept of buying votes is illegal, scandalous and abhorrant...for you guys up there. Down here it's illegal, normal and happens all the time, but today's example even impressed your jaded correspondent.

In Cordoba Argentina, the Peronist (PJ) party were holding internal elections to decide on the next batch of local leaders. In order to encourage some of the younger party members to turn out and vote (specifically for their party ticket of course), not one but two of the candidates offered marijuana joints to anyone who'd go in the booth and put a tick by their name.

I think this one even beats out the Argentine local elections in the Rioja region in which one ticket offered a lottery for a breast enlargement operation to anyone that supported them (presumably more popular with women than men, but ya never knowz these daze).