The ballot is absolutely secret and it should not be possible for anyone to determine who an elector voted for.
- The Elector uses only the lead pencil provided in the Polling Booth/Room to mark the ballot paper.
- The Elector makes a CROSS within the space provided containing the name of the Candidate for whom he/she intends to vote.
- The Elector folds the ballot paper as directed by the Presiding Officer, so that the initials and number are clearly seen.
- The Elector hands the ballot paper over to the Presiding Officer, on returning from the Polling Booth/Room.
- The Presiding Officer examines the initials and numbers on the Counterfoil to ascertain that it is the same ballot paper that was delivered to the Elector.
- If it is the same, the Presiding Officer removes the Counterfoil and deposits the Ballot paper in the Ballot Box, in full view of the voter and all others present.
- Every elector must vote without undue delay and leave the polling station as soon as the Ballot paper is deposited in the Ballot box.
Examples of Correctly and Incorrectly Marked Ballot Papers
Correctly Marked Ballot
The cross (x) is placed next to the candidate and there are no identifying marks on the ballot, the only notation on the ballot is a single cross (x) and the cross (x) does not extend over the space for more than one candidate.
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Incorrectly Marked Ballots
- A cross (x) is not placed on the ballot
- The Elector placed an identifying mark on the ballot (note the name Paul next to the cross (x)).
- The Elector voted for more than one candidate
- The Elector placed notation on the ballot other than the cross (x) (note the smiley face towards to top left of the ballot).
- The Elector placed notation on the ballot other than the cross (x) (note the words "Love you!" next to BISHOP, Conrad).
- The Elector placed a cross (x) on the ballot that extends over the space for more than one candidate making it difficult to know who the Elector voted for.