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Friday, August 27, 2004

All postal ballots

The Electoral Commission produces an authorative and commonsense report on the all-postal ballot trials that took place in England on 10th June. Rather interestingly they reflect many of the comments made by Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords when the legislation was being considered. As the article says, "with tens of thousands of ballot papers going astray in the June 10 poll, printers unable to cope, and largely unsubstantiated allegations of fraud - compounded by widespread confusion among voters - the Electoral Commission implies that ministers did not think through the consequences of their actions." Let us hope that this time the Government actually listens.

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