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LEANN KYOAN NAIL
Graduate student
Dallas, Texas

“It means voting. I like the way Plato wanted us to do it: all politicians would be housed in barracks. They wouldn’t have much money, but they’d be taken care of by society, so the only thing they would have to do is govern.”

ALLAN HUNT BADINER 
Writer 
Big Sur, California
“I think it would be hard to be a paid politician and a Buddhist, but a good Buddhist could definitely be on the voting end of the equation.”

WANDA McKINLEY 
Financial manager 
Nashville, Tennessee
“I’d like to vote for Clinton but my Buddhist vows prevent this because of his pro-capital-punishment stance. I like Gore’s position on the environment, but I’m still hoping—against the odds—that another presidential candidate will emerge.”

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PAIGE JOKO HARBOUGH 
Emergency-room physician 
Tallahassee, Florida
”’I’m responsible’ is what it means. I’m responsible for what my government does, for what those people in power do …. When someone says, ‘Take care,’ it means take care of it, all of it. And voting is just one thing I do to try to take care of it.”

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