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A prescribed age you are required to be
Before you're allowed to interact with me
Before my curfew takes effect tonight
I will have disappeared from your sight
Through my upper surface your submission is tendered
My contents examined for a decision rendered
For a limited time I will fulfill my function
Eventually to return at some future junction
You may notice I'm alliterative in name
Democracy without me wouldn't be the same
What am I?
AnswerA ballot box
lines 1 & 2: By law, in order to vote, one must be of a certain age.
lines 3 & 4: The polls along with their ballot boxes close at a predetermined time.
lines 5 & 6: One's vote is cast by depositing one's ballot through the slot on the top of the ballot box, and then the votes are later counted in order to determine the winner(s) of the election.
lines 7 & 8: The ballot boxes are used for a specific time and purpose, after which they are not seen again until a future election.
line 9: "Ballot box" is an example of alliteration since both words start with the same consonant sound.
line 10: The voting process through the use of ballot boxes is integral to democracy.
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