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I have it here in my hand at the moment.

My Official Poll Card which will allow me to take part in next week's General Election here in the UK

At the top it says "Representaton of the People Acts".

Do I love those words, or do I love them!

And on the back it has various pieces of information. But most important are paras 3 and 5.


3. Go to one of the compartments. Mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper(s) opposite the name(s) of the candidate(s) you are voting for.

5. Fold the paper in two. Show the official mark to the presiding officer, but do not let anyone see your vote. Put the ballot paper(s) in the ballot box and leave the polling station.


Let's just savour these words again:

"but do not let anyone see your vote."

and again

"but do not let anyone see your vote."

In other words I will be participating in that most marvellous of activties:

A Secret Ballot

Oh yesssssssss!!!!!!!!!
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Rolls around on the ground in complete and utter ecstasy wiggling her legs in the air.

Needless to say, I went ballistic when our constituency was one of the ones that was forced into a postal-only ballot a while back.

Unfortunately, the advent of increased postal voting means for the first time ever I might have serious doubts about the integrity of the electoral process in this country.

A very, very sad fact. emoticon

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You will also notice in one of the corners of your voting slip, a serial number. This number is exclusive to you, so when you post your vote in this most secret of ballots, no one will know who you voted for unless of course they decide to match up the numbers, which of course would never happen cos the vote is secret. emoticon
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[sign in to see URL]'s not funny! The electoral process in this country is and remains a fundamental and contributary pillar of support for the 'Mother Of All Parliaments'.

Never mind the lies, the deceit, the deception and the conceit of our duly elected representatives. We're all in this together and must support our politicians in their endeavour to secure a fat pension, expense accoun....emoticon....their place in political and democratic history, no less!
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quote:

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You will also notice in one of the corners of your voting slip, a serial number. This number is exclusive to you, so when you post your vote in this most secret of ballots, no one will know who you voted for unless of course they decide to match up the numbers, which of course would never happen cos the vote is secret. emoticon



I presume they can´t track any individuals with that serial number. The serial numbers (and bar codes if any) are essential in tracking down fraud, and might be usable for statistics, but I seriously doubt any individual voter can be tracked.
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 The serial numbers (and bar codes if any) are essential in tracking down fraud,



Why does this suddenly make me think of postal votes?.

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Hopefully your votes won't be fraudulently changed based on faulty machinery.
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That's the beauty of it, they don't need to change [sign in to see URL] just stuff the ballots with postal votes from people that are either dead, toddlers or fictional.

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Hopefully your votes won't be fraudulently changed based on faulty machinery.



Nope, they will only be changed by fraudulent officials.
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a) [sign in to see URL]'s not funny!

b) The electoral process in this country is and remains a fundamental and contributary pillar of support for the 'Mother Of All Parliaments'.



a) [sign in to see URL]'s not funny!
Don't worry - this is a subject I take very seriously, which is why I mentioned it.

b) The electoral process in this country is and remains a fundamental and contributary pillar ......

Agree entirely. The politest comment heard in the vicinity of my desk when my ENFORCED postal ballot form arrived, after the near-nuclear, ballistic detonation, was:

"Remember the Chartists!"

The less polite stuff included:

"...grrrrr.... I do not live in F***ing Florida .....grrrrrrr........."

followed swiftly by

"....growl ... or in F***ing ***** ..... growl.... mumble ....."

[Serious apologies to anyone who lives in either place and had their democratic rights interfered with. I am on their side.]

The Chartists fought for the secret ballot to stop your average Victorian Landlord from coercing his workers to vote according to the Landlord's whim.

I grew up with all the controversy surrounding the Trade Unions and strike ballots back in the 1970s.

When I make my vote, I represent me, and so should everyone else be able to. No coercion. No bullying.

Then the ballot box is sealed and taken under police escort to the count where it is opened and counted in public.

I have had my access to a secret ballot taken off me, and without my consent. This is why I was so pleased to see my card arrive.

OK, I accept my voting pattern could be matched off against the little code in the corner. There has to be some sort of control.

However at the point the count is made and the result declared, my vote has been completely anonymous.


That is just the start though.

If people will not engage in the democratic process, do you enforce mandatory voting as per Australia - provided you can register a positive No Vote or abstention?

Or is not voting a democratic right as well.

I could go on and on .......

Why does voting for any sh*tty Pop Idol, Big Brother or X-Factor contestant seem more important than participating in your nation's hard fought for democracy?

Then there are the other not insignificant issues of house arrest, detention without trial, removal of jury trials etc etc.....

Don't get me going any more.


I could go thermonuclear (at least 10 megatonnes) any second at the drop of a mislaid poll card............emoticon


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