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Thursday, 5 May 2011

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I'm conjoined with a mirror! I'm the MRL candidate for Durham!

With many people having to not only vote on the referendum for AV but also for local councillors and in a few places local by-elections, it was no surprise that there would be mistakes made by some of the people voting.

One of the most common mistakes was to rank the order of preference on one or more of the slips.

"One of the reasons given for this," said Paul Pole, poll co-ordinator for Durham, "is that when people voted yes in the alternate AV voting vote, they thought this meant they could then use AV alternate voting when voting in the non-AV traditional voting votes they were voting on."

Apparently, several thousand votes for local councillors will not count, because the voters numbered their favourite councillors, as they'd been instructed to do so on the TV.

"Is that not what we were supposed to do?" asked Nora Hopeless through an interpreter. "Oooh, silly me."

Additionally, some people tried to use AV when voting on the AV Vote.

"We've seen hundreds of ballot papers spoiled by people putting one and two in the boxes," said Pole. "It says quite clearly, put an X in one box and one box only."

There have been the usual number of people who write "This one" against their chosen candidate, and this time round, a number of people who have written "Yes" or "No" in the boxes on the AV ballot paper.

"Some of them wrote 'No' against 'Yes' and wrote 'Yes' against 'No'," said Pole. "What are they wanting, exactly?"

Once all the spoiled ballot papers had been removed it transpired that only seven people had voted, and the Monster Raving Looney Party have their first parliamentary seat.

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