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Polling Station Pencils
Posted by Ged on May 23, 2019, 7:34 pm
I attended my Polling Station this morning to cast my EU referendum vote & I thought I would address something that has intrigued me for a couple of years now, the penny should probably have dropped before now but anyway I asked the Preciding Officer if the voting form was a legal document, he confirmed that it was, I then asked him if the pencils in the voting booths were indelible, he wasn't sure so he scribbled the pencil on a piece of paper & then borrowed his colleague's pencil which had a rubber attached & proceeded to erase the pencil he had scribbled on the paper. I then said to the gentleman that surely that pencils should not be used because the "X"/vote could be altered or removed from the ballot paper & therefore open to potential vote rigging or corruption, he understood my concern but was non commital in his response.
Am I wrong or am I looking for something that's not there?
The voting form IS a legal document as confirmed by the Preciding Officer & every legal document I have completed has by law been completed in black or blue ink.
What do reckon?
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