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  Argentines 'auction' votes online
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News DateWednesday, October 17, 2007 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA number of voters in Argentina are seeking to auction off their votes on the internet ahead of the presidential election later this month.

Opening prices for the votes range from 1 peso ($0.30) to 300 pesos ($95).

Argentine electoral authorities say they can do little to stop the practice because it falls into a legal vacuum.

One of the voters, Martin Minue, a doctor from the northern province of Rioja, told a newspaper it was his way to protest against useless politicians.

Mr Minue, 33, told the Clarin paper he felt powerless to change the country's situation.

The doctor, who works in the city of Chilecito, posted his vote on an auction website with a price tag of 20 pesos (US$6).

"It is a kind of protest and joke at the same time," he told Clarin.
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