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Cuba’s Electoral Euphemism

For those who are still confused about the "elections" that took place in Cuba this past Sunday, Rosa Maria Payá, a Cuban dissident whose dissident father Oswaldo was assassinated last year by the Castro regime, explains how the electoral process works on the island.

Via Rosa Maria's blog (my translation):

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Cuba's Electoral Euphemism

[...] The current electoral law guarantees that there is only one candidate for every seat in the assembly. Because of this, our elections are nothing more than confirmations. To make matters worse, unmarked ballots are annulled, therefore, you cannot even express your disagreement with the choices. And every candidate only needs 50% plus one of the valid votes to win the election. Thanks to this ingenious system, a candidate can win even if only one person votes for them and all other ballots are left blank.

Read the entire article (in Spanish) HERE.

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