Simon Thomas AM Oct 3, 2018 21:24:47 GMT
Post by piperdave on Oct 3, 2018 21:24:47 GMT
Experience from Scotland shows that substantial numbers of people are not capable of following simple and clear instructions on ballot papers. When they had the constituency candidates and the regional party lists on the same ballot paper (I think it was 2007), there were several hundred spoilt votes (sometimes well over a thousand) per constituency because people voted for two candidates in the constituency - even though the instructions were very clear in saying that voters had two votes: one in the constituency over here and one in the list over here.
I have no problem in disenfranchising such people on grounds of stupidity.
Experience in one election, where the ballot papers were combined on a single sheet instead of separate papers as at every other SP election. The Gould report into the problems at that election noted the percentage of spoiled ballots were significantly higher in the Glasgow and Lothian regions because the RROs altered the instructions by removing the arrows directing where votes shoudl be marked so that the large number of regional lists and candidates could fit on a particular size of paper so that the ballots would go through the scanners to be electronically. Section 6.1 of the report discusses all this in further detail.