If you’re planning to go out and vote in the Scottish Parliamentary Elections tomorrow, here’s something to look out for:
When you take your voting card along to the polling station, you’re asked to hand it over to the polling officer, whereupon the information about you (your name, address etc.) on the card are matched against your entry in the voter’s register, and your intention to vote is noted against the entry.
The polling officer then writes your voter number on the counterfoil of each voting slip, punches a series of holes in the slip, before tearing it from the book and handing it over to you.
You then go and vote in the polling booth, then post your ballot in the appropriate box.
So, you ask yourself, what does all this mean?
Well, for a start, the slip that you cast your vote on has a serial number on it at the bottom which matches the counterfoil.
The counterfoil has your voter number written on it.
If the government want to know what you voted in any election, all they have to do is find your voter number on those counterfoils, match the serial numbers – and bingo.