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Federer gets votes for Swiss government post

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Roger Federer's graceful punch volleys have inspired voters in his hometown of Wollerau, Switzerland, to punch their ballots. In an election held last weekend, Federer received 132 write-in votes to represent the canton of Schwytz in the Swiss Senate:

An election official based in Schwytz, near Zurich, said that write-in votes are permitted under Swiss law and that had the appeal been more successful, Federer could have won a senate seat.

"One could be elected here, even if one is not a candidate," he said.

Senator Federer. It has quite a ring to it.

Meanwhile, Marat Safin is running for office. Here's Safin on his bid to a win a seat in the lower house of the Russian parliament:

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