posted on Mar, 10 2016 @ 10:04 AM
originally posted by: TrueBrit
I vote in my country, because I believe in democracy after a fashion. I believe that ours is corrupt as can be, populated and controlled by persons
who have their own best interests, not the best interests of the people, at heart.
Agreed, but regarding the actual voting process, I think ours is almost as good as it can be at avoiding electoral fraud.
Certainly in my constituency the ballot boxes are sealed, and monitored by 'normal' council employees doing a bit of overtime while people cast their
Nobody is with the boxes without a chaperone, even the 'normal' council employees who drive the vans to the counting hall are in pairs. The counting
hall is an open plan room of tables with monitors from all political parties, and the many counters are all 'normal' council employees who generally
know each other.
For electoral fraud to occur it would require a conspiracy of tens of thousands of 'normal' council employees around the country being involved in the
secret. That of course is a ridiculous idea.
Even if the ballot boxes were magically 'switched' at some point it would take an army of conspirators to complete the phony ballot sheets writing
different sized X's and adding comments to spoiled papers - again ridiculous.
When I was a counter I saw thousands of variations of X's, spidery old people writing, big bold X's, different colour pens etc etc, so while I
absolutely agree that our politicians are corrupt as hell, the electoral process is not.
The only thing I would change is a requirement for ID at the polling booths to avoid the possibility that someone uses the vote of a person they know
is not going to vote. I knew one of my mates was not voting last year so I could easily have gone to his polling station and pretended to be him.
That may be a minor risk of electoral fraud, but in my area when it came down to less than 20 votes to keep the Conservative candidate out, such a
fraud 'could' have made a difference.