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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #435 on: May 29, 2019, 05:18:57 PM »
Votes aren't counted in secret!

Sealed box leaves polling station. Box is opened up on to the table in front of your eyes (both count staff & party representives). Normally ballot box is taken to count straIght after poll closes. There is then a verification process whereby left over ballots are accounted for from each polling station & presumably that's tied in with number of votes cast. It's not fail safe but, from working on counts, there seem to be a number of checks & balances in place.

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #436 on: May 29, 2019, 08:53:39 PM »
Ming, Carty and Walsh elected.
1 BIG CUP and 1 Cupeen so far....

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #437 on: May 29, 2019, 10:23:25 PM »
Over 21k spoilt votes in Midlands - North West from nearly 600k votes.

37k spoilt votes out of 720k votes in South.

Good that people are voting and no doubt, there are quite a few spoilt votes on purpose but I wonder what percentage of these are actually people not knowing how to 'vote' properly? i.e. maybe putting an X in one box or whatever.

Probably doesn't help when there's a ballot paper 2 foot long!!!
A mix of things really. There was a court case arising from one of the local election counts in 2014 that resulted in the whole count being recounted over 18 months later, but without changing the result. The upshot of it was that each ballot paper must have a number one marked on it to be valid, though I'm not sure if having only one X on it is still counted or not. What used to happen it seems is that people might mark 1,2,3 etc on the local election paper and carry on to the european paper, 4/5/6 etc. Seems silly but it happened. In that case the latter would no longer be counted as a valid vote. Also from being at counts you'd sometimes see people marking X's for more than one candidate, often beside the candidates of one party (someone who presumably wanted to vote for the FF/SF/FG ticket) without copping that it wouldn't count. And then there's the usual blank papers and the few with writing on it of whatever kind.

But the issues from the court case would seem to be part of the reason for so many papers being rejected.

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #438 on: June 04, 2019, 06:44:55 PM »
Ní Riada has withdrawn her recount request and is now to be eliminated.
Her votes will be distributed tomorrow and will decide the order of the last 3 elected.
1 BIG CUP and 1 Cupeen so far....

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #439 on: June 04, 2019, 07:36:19 PM »
Ní Riada has withdrawn her recount request and is now to be eliminated.
Her votes will be distributed tomorrow and will decide the order of the last 3 elected.

You can't put a price on Democracy. But it's somewhere south of €1 million.
SF are in damage limitation mode and an expensive recount that they would lose anyway would not have helped.

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #440 on: June 05, 2019, 06:24:07 PM »
Wallace follows Daly over.
The woman in red has the car parked on the slope.

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #441 on: June 05, 2019, 07:57:02 PM »
Who goes to the bother of going to vote and puts an empty ballot into the box?

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #442 on: June 06, 2019, 07:35:28 AM »
It appears that people voted in local elections but couldn't be bothered to take the time to mark their ballot papers for the EU elections. Nothing more than sheer laziness or apathy or both.

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Re: Elections North and South
« Reply #443 on: June 06, 2019, 09:10:44 AM »
Free citizens making their free choices.
1 BIG CUP and 1 Cupeen so far....