Communists last week faced the electoral test in two central European countries. In East Germany, the voters were not even allowed the privilege of staying away from the polls. They were awakened by fanfares from Communist Youth bands, marched to the polls behind red banners, and handed ballots for the single official ticket, the Communist National Front. They could not vote no. There were no other candidates, no places for write-ins, nothing to mark. They could only drop ballots into boxes held before them. The result: a turnout of 99.3% of eligible voters, and 99.3% approval for every...

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