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Buying and Selling Votes

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(before 2003)

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Every four years there is an election in the United States. We vote for people to help make laws for us. When we vote, we go to a place that has our ballots. To pick the person we want to elect, we mark ballots and put them in a box.

The law says that we have the right to vote for the person we want. The law also says that we can not sell or give away our vote to someone else. Someone has decided to help people sell and buy their votes. Helping people to buy or sell votes is wrong.

A person in charge of the elections is mad. He is going to try to stop those people who are selling and buying votes. He will try to arrest those who are in charge.

The information about buying and selling votes is on the Internet. The Internet is a system with many people connected to it using their computers. Anyone with access to the Internet can read about buying and selling votes on a Web page.

A college student started this Web page. It was shut down. Another person from a different country bought it and still has it on the Internet. He was told to shut it down as well. No one knows whether or not any voting was changed because of this web page.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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