|WHY PENCILS ?
||[Jun. 25th, 2016|05:55 pm]
During the course of the EU Referendum, at the polling station I was supervising, many people asked for a biro or asked why pencils and not pens are provided.
I had no idea this subject was going the rounds of "social media" and was amazed when told that some people think MI6 get the ballot box, un-seal it, rub out the pencil cross, if in the wrong box, and put a cross in a different box. This is how the government fiddles election results.
What? How unbelievably stupid must anyone be to think that happens. If the government wanted to 'adjust" an election result, surely it would simply get an MI6 agent appointed as Returning Officer, concoct a number and get that read out at the appropriate time after the count.
I sealed my ballot box at 22:00hrs sharp. It took me 7 minutes to drive the the count building. How many MI6 agents would have to get into my car, unseal the ballot box, erase the crosses and mark new ones on 472 ballot papers, then re-seal the box with four seals with serial numbers identical to those they earlier removed, and replace the two tamper seals again with fresh ones with identical serial numbers to those earlier removed, and get out of my car before I was visible by people in the count building car park? Sealing of the ballot box is witnessed and party (or in this case "Leave" "Remain") agents can attach their own serial numbered seals. I estimate this might require 60 - 80 MI6 agents, obviously if the distance between polling station and count is greater, fewer agents woulds be required, if less, then more agents. My ballot box was numbered 102 (out of about 240 used that day in my polling area) . . . . seems to me that requires rather large numbers of MI6 agents nationwide, or perhaps, yes of course, they use MI5 and Special Branch too, silly me! .... and invisible people and nano-life forms with implanted biro's
If you are interested, the official line is that pencils are cheap, nobody would want to nick one, they are easily sharpened if blunt, still work after 4-5 years of non-use between General Elections. My station had 16 booths, it was not a large station; you can do the maths and price up the biro's yourself.