EU Referendum ‘Pencilgate’ sees man loan pens at the polls

non hanno potuto usare le penne, ma solo la matita. Dicono che altrimenti se l’inchiostro sbavasse un pochino invalideranno il voto. I Leave non ci sono stati perché appunto temevano brogli. Come se non fosse stata la “provvidenziale” alluvione che ha reso inagibili molti seggi, anche questa.

By Nicola Oakley
Updated 18:51, 23 Jun 2016
After months of debate on whether the UK should leave the European Union or remain, a rather different argument has stolen the show on the day of the referendum:

Should we use pens or pencils to cast our votes?

Many nervous voters proclaimed on Twitter that they would be taking pens to the polling stations so that their votes could not be ‘rubbed out’ in a referendum rig.
But now a council has urged voters NOT to use pens when they cross their EU referendum ballot papers – as it could cause them to “smudge” and therefore not count.
This afternoon East Northamptonshire Council tweeted a plea to anyone heading to the polls, urging them to use pencils as “ink can smudge when its folded… & it may not be counted.” (sic)
The advice directly contradicts the Electoral Commission’s assurance that nobody has to use the pencil if they would like to take their own pens with them.
On June 20, voter Kenneth Priestley made a Freedom of Information request on , asking why the pencils aren’t replaced with black pens to avoid potential fraud.
Jordan Lawrence, representing the Electoral Commission, replied with the following statement:
“The use of a pen or pencil when completing the ballot paper is not specified in legislation.
“In the UK, pencils are traditionally used for the purposes of marking ballot papers and are made available inside
polling stations for voters to use.
“Having said this, there is nothing to stop a voter from using a pen to mark their vote – there is no legal requirement for ballot papers to be marked with a pencil.
“Pencils have been used partly for historic and partly for practical reasons.
“With ink pens there is always a risk that they may dry out or spill.
“Also, ink may cause some transfer of the mark the voter has made on the ballot paper when they fold it, thus potentially leading to a rejection as it may look like they have voted for more options than they are entitled to.”
The council has since tweeted to correct their advice, saying
Many people have mocked the idea that pencils shouldn’t be used, including physicist Professor Brian Cox.
It seems the advice is you can do whatever you like at the polling station.
Use a pencil, use a pen (and maybe blow on it a bit to make sure the ink is dry before you fold your paper) – just make sure you get out there and vote.
Will you be using a pen or pencil in the EU Referendum?
EU Referendum ‘Pencilgate’ sees man loan pens at the pollsultima modifica: 2016-06-26T15:45:14+02:00da davi-luciano
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