More than 140,000 ballots cast on 3 May for the Scottish Parliament and
tens of thousands of ballots cast for the local authority elections, held on the same day, were rejected without any human adjudication.
Scottish prime minister First Minister Alex Salmond stated, "I was under the impression - until this revelation - that the ballots that were rejected were actually seen by the election agents as part of the process," but the BBC reports that in some contests, more than half of all the "spoilt" ballots were not offered for the electoral returning officers and agents to consider; voting machines were set to auto-adjudicate.
Douglas Alexander was deeply involved in the organisation of the Scottish elections from the Labour executive in London; his sister has just been returned (with no opposition, as was Gordon Brown in the UK Labour leadership 'elections') to the leadership of Labour in Scotland.
Even if you manage to get a vote at all, which is sedulously denied within the Labour party to every one of its members, votes cast, more than 140,000 of them in a small electorate, will be ruled out without any indication even of their existence by voting machines and procedures installed under Labour surveillance.
October election anyone? You can vote as early and as often as you like.
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