Vote Fiasco – more ballot paper mistakes, this time in England

Forest of Dean - Vote Fiasco - front page of The ForesterThe Forester newspaper which covers the Forest of Dean region of Gloucestershire splashes the story of a ballot paper mistake over its front page this morning.

Postal voters in Northern Ireland’s Lagan Valley constituency were last week sent ballot papers which featured the wrong party logo beside one of the candidate’s names.

Across the pond, 2,200 postal voters in four wards – Lydbrook and Ruardean, Mitcheldean and Drybrook, Coleford East and Newent Central – were sent district council ballot papers which feature a misprint directing them to choose “a minimum of three” candidates instead of “no more than three”.

New ballot papers have now been issued.

With a core, dedicated staff in the Electoral Office Northern Ireland (who have run an election on average once a year over the last twenty years) major mistakes are few and far between. However, with the decentralisation of the administration of elections across most of Great Britain to council staff – none of whom have it as their full-time job – mistakes are much more likely. This Forest of Dean incident isn’t the only example I’ve heard about since arriving in England last week.

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  • The LibDems instructed Royal Mail to deliver their West of Scotland election leaflets to … Glasgow. Well: close, bu no cigar.

    So those leaflets had to be reprinted; and delivered to .. the West of Scotland. Meanwhile, Glaswegians are wondered just where they live.

    It seems that the Post Office (who will, doubtless, recharge this to the Great British Public) will somehow be underwriting this.

    See: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/04/liberal-democrat-scotland-leaflet-delivery-error/

  • Rory Carr

    Ah, the old elbow and arse confusion that has been a hallmark of LibDem administrative capabilities since the days when David Steel was a little fellow.

  • Cynic2

    Whats new? We have voted for Fiasco Governments North and South for years now.

  • CNTV

    The proposed AV v FPTP UK Referendum consists of a contrived, fabricated and simplistic bipolar choice of only two inadequate options set against unfit UK Electoral Law, unfit UK Electoral Registers and unfit UK Election Returning Officer negligible powers of cross-constituency scrutiny. Election Returning Officers will be unable to guarantee ‘One Person-One Vote’ nor to sign off ANY part of such a referendum as ‘true’, ‘democratic’, ‘free’ or ‘fair’.

    Here are fundamental AV v FPTP BOGUS REFERENDUM flaws:

    1. UK Electoral Law – NOT ‘fit for purpose’.
    2. UK Electoral Registers – NOT ‘fit for purpose’.
    3. UK CERO powers – NOT ‘fit for purpose’.

    A UK REFERENDUM MUST, ON PRINCIPLE, BE GUARANTEED TO BE VERIFIABLY AND GENUINELY ‘ONE PERSON-ONE VOTE’.

    IF THIS AV v FPTP BOGUS REFERENDUM IS ATTEMPTED IT WILL NOT BE.

    BOGUS UK ELECTORAL REGISTERS = BOGUS REFERENDUM:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/second_home_voters_1.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/secret_ballots_and_second_home.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/worried_about_second_home_vote.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/kevins_too_busy_to_probe_secon.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/game_on.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/a_letter_to_the_chief.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2011/04/some_second_home_voters_purged.html

    In the face of such corrupt and non-democratic electoral foundations, these may be the only rational responses to the RUBBISH REFERENDUM:

    BOYCOTT THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CONSERVATIVE PARTY CAMERON CLEGG COALITION BOGUS AV v FPTP REFERENDUM.

    OR

    SPOIL YOUR BALLOT PAPER WITH A SUITABLY CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE BOGUS AV v FPTP UK REFERENDUM – A LIBDEMCON COALITION CON.

    NOTE: ALL SPOILED BALLOT PAPERS HAVE TO BE RECORDED AND NUMBERS PUBLISHED.

    ANYONE WHO VALUES GENUINE DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND WISHES TO SEE GENUINE ‘ONE PERSON-ONE VOTE’ DEMOCRACY IN THE UK WILL NOT ENDORSE THIS ABSURD, INFANTILE, UNSOUND, NON-CREDIBLE, SHALLOW, RESTRICTED AND INSULTING BOGUS REFERENDUM WITH THEIR VALUABLE VOTE.

    CONSIDER THIS:
    IF THE NUMBER OF SPOILED BALLOT PAPERS EXCEEDS THE ‘YES’s, THE ‘NO’s or BOTH – WHAT NEXT?

    With our compliments
    The Editors
    CN

    NB Mark Harper MP is the Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean – even though he doesn’t have his home there.
    Mark Harper MP is also the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform. Mark Harper MP rammed the idiotic and chaotic Parliamentary Voting System & Constituencies Bill through the House of Commons on behalf of the Liberal Democrat & Conservative Party Coalition Government.
    Mark Harper MP is on Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722362884