Wednesday, 21 May 2014
So you think the ballot is secret??
However, there is one story which we like to keep alive, and that is the truth about the Secret Ballot. Basically, there is no secret ballot.
When you enter the polling station the person sitting at the desk asks for your polling card. If you don't have it you tell them your name and address. They find your entry in the electoral register and cross you off so you can't vote twice. So far so good.
What happens next is not so good. Having found you in the electoral register and crossed you off, the polling clerk calls out the number which appears next to your name in the register, together with the registration reference of the polling district you live in. eg Waterloo ; WAT 1
This is a unique combination and identifies one person only................... the voter.
This unique number is then written on the counter foil attached to your ballot paper and then your ballot paper goes in the ballot box. The counter foil is kept under council security (sic).
From now on tracing your vote is s simple clerical exercise.