San Marino: The Shuttle Vote

As the 13,314 voters trooped up the cobblestoned streets of little San Marino and into the polling places, there were some who seemed obviously out of place. Amidst the somberly dressed mountain folk of the world's oldest (founded A.D. 301) and tiniest (24 sq. mi.) republic were a number of men in aloha shirts and women with bouffant hairdos, looking like so many American tourists who had wandered into the wrong queue.

The visitors were, in fact, American tourists—San Marinese émigrés who had left the tiny republic in the Apennines of northern...

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