World: The Corsican Caper

IT WAS A DRUNKEN BALLOT, One newspaper headlined. PEOPLE SAW DOUBLE. And, in some cases, triple. With 4,303 registered voters in the little Corsican town of Corte, no fewer than 9,647 ballots were cast in a town council election last week. The total was something of a record, even for Corsica, where ballot boxes are called boites a surprises (surprise boxes), and electoral mischief is an honored tradition. Last week's election was held, for example, because a Nice court, citing "voting irregularities," had ruled the 1967 balloting null and void. And that 1967 election was held because the courts had been...

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