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How they vote on Cocos Island, a Costa Rican territory where only 28 people live

April 11, 2014

A special Coast Guard mission will give officials in Costa Rica’s most remote territory a chance to vote Election Day. Cocos Island — located more than 30 hours by boat off the Pacific coast — has 28 Environment Ministry officials living on and monitoring the protected, uninhabited island.

On Wednesday afternoon, nine Coast Guard officials took off from the coastal town of Golfito toward the faraway ranger station. This is the third time that the Coast Guard has made the 32-hour trip for an election.

The Coast Guard officers all received special training from the Supreme Elections Tribunal to set up the polling station. After polls close at 6 p.m. mainland time, the officers will report the votes to dry land by telephone.

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