Poland: Ballot Battle

Was it victory or dissent?

Most of the midday voters at polling station 202 in the Warsaw industrial suburb of Ursus dutifully accepted the printed ballots listing the official slate of candidates and dropped them into the large white-and-red box without a moment's hesitation. But one elderly man insisted on his right to consider alternative choices, noting that "nobody buys a cat in a bag." As he stepped into the booth conspicuously provided for that purpose, amused polling officials heard him sarcastically exclaim as he marked his ballot, "What a surprise! They even...

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