German chancellor hopeful Laschet ridiculed over incorrect ballot

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Armin Laschet, the leading candidate for Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), became the subject of ridicule on Sunday when he cast his ballot incorrectly in the country’s election. Laschet, who is seeking to replace longtime Chancellor Angela Merkel, was at a polling station in his home city of Aachen when he dropped an incorrectly-folded ballot into the ballot box. Two crosses on behalf of his CDU were clearly visible. Due to election secrecy rules, it is not permitted to show your vote. The candidate’s wife, Susanne Laschet, was also shown holding an incorrectly folded ballot. …

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