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Students In Laos Hold Mock U.S. Election, Because They Can’t Vote In Their Country

Not sure if your vote really matters? Tell that to these kids.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Yes, waiting in line to vote can be a pain — and, apparently, so is figuring out how to register. But for millions of people around the world, it’s still a dream.

The American embassy in Laos last month helped organize a mock presidential election for students at the Lao American College in the capitol city of Vientiane.

Laos is run by a communist dictatorship and doesn’t have open elections or a free press. This is as close to democracy as these students will get, at least this year.

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John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for BuzzFeed News. In 2014, Stanton was a recipient of the National Press Foundation’s 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
Contact John Stanton at john.stanton@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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