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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-05 12:56 PM
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112. Not just paper
Edited on Sat Nov-26-05 01:12 PM by Febble
I agree you can cheat with paper too. You need transparency and scrutiny at all points from the casting of ballots to the count and recount.

The weak point of our system is, ironically, the postal ballot. We had our first hint of serious corruption this year, in which, for the first time, offered postal voting on demand.

But so far that's the only real vulnerability, although occasionally sealed ballot boxes go missing between the polling station and the count. Each constituency has a number of polling stations and a central counting place (usually a school or town hall). The votes are cast at the polling system (paper ballots posted into black metal ballot boxes, which are sealed at close of polls) then the numbered ballot boxes are transported to the count. From that moment onwards everything is under close bipartisan scrutiny, and the count is open to the public who can view from a slight distance (usually behind a rope barrier). There are also TV cameras at every count.

But getting the ballots on to paper is a good first step!

Waiting for the ballot boxes.

Ballot boxes being emptied at the count.

Counting the ballots

Counted ballots stacked in piles

Result is announced (notice candidates for each party are present).

And if there is any dispute, the result is not announced, and the whole lot are counted over again.

(Edited to make sense!)
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