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“Lalla's Interests”

Vera Mikhailovna Inber


Yury Seleznyov was standing on an old chair and getting ready to preside. His assistant, Viktor, age twelve and not a party member, kept running up to him with questions.

“Yury, there's a girl from another yard here with a baby. Can the baby give her its vote or not?”

Just then the baby began to vote all by itself, so loudly that they were all nearly deafened.

“Comrades,” Yury tried to scream over it, “comrades, I hereby inform you that in order to vote you must be able to walk! Anyone else must abstain. Votes are not transferable. Please put your name down if you'd like to speak — we don't have much time — about the problem of re-electing parents.”