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Committee of the whole House: 19 October 2010            

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill, continued

 
 

Paragraph 11(4)

 

Form 4 - Form of postal voting statement (to be used for Scottish parliamentary

 

election where proceedings on issue and receipt of postal ballot papers not

 

combined)

 

(Front of Form)

 
   
 

*Voter’s name: .................................

Ballot paper Nos. .......................

 
  

(insert colour)

 
 

*(Returning Officer to insert name but omit where ballot papers sent to an anonymous

 
 

elector)

 
  

[other identifying mark]

 

 
 

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You must provide your [# signature and] date of birth. If you do not, the postal voting

 
 

statement will be invalid and your vote will not count.

 
 

I AM THE PERSON TO WHOM THE BALLOT PAPERS NUMBERED ABOVE

 
 

WERE SENT

 
 

Date of birth

DDMMYYYY

(voter’s date of birth)

 
 

#Signature

 

(voter’s signature)

 
   

IMPORTANT - Keep

 
   

signature within border

 
 

#(Returning Officer to omit where a person has been granted a waiver)

 
   
 

PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BACK OF THIS FORM

 
 

(Back of form)

 
 

INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS

 
 

Your vote is personal - complete the ballot papers yourself and in private. If you need

 
 

help you can contact me (insert contact details of the constituency returning officer or

 
 

a member of his staff).

 
 

Electoral fraud is a crime. You must not vote using a ballot paper that is not

 
 

addressed to you. You must not interfere with another voter’s ballot paper.

 
 

1.

This statement relates to the ballot papers for the Scottish Parliament election only.

 
  

You will receive your ballot paper and instructions for the referendum on the voting

 
  

system for United Kingdom parliamentary elections separately. If you do not

 
  

receive them soon, please contact me.

 
 

2.

You must provide your [#signature and] date of birth even if you have already

 
  

signed a postal voting statement in respect of the referendum on the voting system

 
  

for United Kingdom parliamentary elections which is to be held on the same day.

 
 

3.

You have two ballot papers (a constituency ballot paper coloured [insert colour] and

 
  

a regional ballot paper coloured [insert colour]). Vote only once on each ballot

 
  

paper. Vote by marking a cross (X) in the box opposite the name of the party or

 
  

candidate you are voting for. Do not put any other marks on the ballot papers or your

 
  

votes may not count.

 
 

4.

Your vote is personal—complete it yourself and in private. If you need help voting,

 
  

the person helping you must not tell anyone how you have voted.

 
 

5.

Put the ballot papers for the Scottish Parliament elections in the small envelope

 
  

marked “A” and seal it. Then put the envelope marked “A”, together with the postal

 
  

voting statement, in the larger envelope marked “B”. Return the envelopes without

 
  

delay. The ballot papers must be received at my office not later than the close of

 
  

poll. Alternatively, the ballot papers can be delivered to any polling station in this

 
  

constituency on polling day, up to 10 pm.

 
 

6.

If you get more than one of each ballot paper, by accident, then use just one of each.

 
  

Please remember that it is illegal to vote more than once in the same election (unless

 
  

you are voting for someone else—by proxy).

 
 

7.

At this election you cannot vote in person at a polling station.

 
 

8.

If you make a mistake on a ballot paper, or lose a ballot paper or the return

 
  

envelopes, you can ask for replacements. You should ask as soon as possible. There

 
  

is not much time for a new ballot paper to be sent to you, returned and counted. You

 
  

will need to return everything you have received from me (except anything you

 
  

have lost). Items you should return if you have them include all ballot papers, the

 
  

postal voting statement and the envelopes marked “A” and “B”.

 
 

9.

I can issue another ballot paper if you ask me for it up to 5 pm on polling day, but

 
  

unless I receive your request by 5 pm on the day before polling day I can only issue

 
  

another ballot paper if you visit my office, with evidence of your identity.

 
 

10.

For replacement papers, or if you need further help, please ring (insert telephone

 
  

number) or contact my office at (insert address).

 
 

!

Your ballot papers and the postal voting statement must be received by the counting

 
  

officer by 10 pm on [day/date of poll]. You can deliver your completed postal votes

 
  

to any polling station in your voting area on polling day.

 
 

It is an offence to vote using a ballot paper that is not addressed to you.

 
 

It is illegal to vote more than once in the constituency poll at the election (unless you

 
 

are appointed as a proxy for another person).

 
 

It is illegal to vote more than once in the regional poll at the election (unless you are

 
 

appointed as a proxy for another person).

 
 

#(Returning officer to omit where a person has been granted a waiver)

 
   

 
 

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Form 5 - Form of corresponding number list (to be used in polling stations for

 

combined polls)

 

Voting area/constituency: ........................................

 
 

Date of Poll: .........................................

 
 

Polling Station: .....................................

 
 

Sheet No.: .............................................

 
 

Ballot Paper Number (identify the

Elector Number

 
 

number issued for the referendum/

  
 

election)

  
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Paragraph 21(1)

 

Form 6 - guidance for voters to be exhibited outside and inside every polling

 

station

 

1.

When you are given your ballot papers go to one of the compartments.

 
 

2.

On the [insert colour] referendum ballot paper, mark a cross (X) in the box on the right

 
  

hand side of the ballot paper opposite the answer you are voting for.

 
 

3.

On the Scottish Parliament ballot papers, coloured [insert colour or colours], mark your

 
  

choices with a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of each ballot paper opposite the

 
  

name of the candidate or party you are voting for. Put only one X on each ballot paper.

 
 

4.

Vote once only in the referendum and on each ballot paper for the Scottish Parliament

 
  

election. Put no other mark on the ballot paper, or your vote may not be counted.

 
 

5.

If by mistake you spoil a ballot paper, show it to the presiding officer and ask for another

 
  

one.

 
 

6.

Fold each ballot paper in two. Show the presiding officer the number and other unique

 
  

identifying mark on the back of the ballot paper, but do not let anyone see your vote. Put

 
  

each ballot paper in the [appropriate]* ballot box and leave the polling station.

 
   
 

* Complete or omit as necessary.

 
   

 
 

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Paragraph 22(1)

 

Form 7 - guidance for voters to be exhibited in every polling station compartment

 

REFERENDUM ON THE VOTING SYSTEM FOR

 
 

UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

 
 

Referendum ballot paper ([insert colour] ballot paper)

 
 

Votes cast in this poll will decide on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary

 
 

elections.

 
 

•  You have one vote on this paper.

 
 

•  You should place a cross (X) in one box only.

 
   
 

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT ELECTIONS

 
 

Constituency ballot paper ([insert colour] ballot paper)

 
 

Votes cast in this poll will decide the election of a member to represent your constituency in

 
 

the Scottish Parliament.

 
 

•  You have one vote on this paper.

 
 

•  You should place a cross (X) in one box only.

 
 

Regional ballot paper ([insert colour] ballot paper)

 
 

Votes cast in this poll will decide the allocation of the 7 additional seats in the Scottish

 
 

Parliament for this region. You may use this vote [either]* for a political party putting

 
 

forward a list of candidates [or for an individual candidate not standing on a party list]*.

 
 

You have one vote on this paper.

 
 

You should place a cross (X) in one box only.

 
   
 

PUT NO OTHER MARKS ON THE BALLOT PAPERS OR YOUR VOTES MAY NOT

 
 

BE COUNTED

 
   
 

* Omit as necessary.

 
   

 
 

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Paragraph 26(2)

 

Form 8 - Form of certificate of employment

 

Referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary elections

 
 

[insert name of voting area]

 
 

I certify that (name) ..................... who is numbered ................... in the register of electors

 
 

cannot reasonably be expected to go in person to the polling station allotted to him or her

 
 

in the referendum on (date of poll) ..................... by reason of the particular

 
 

circumstances of his or her employment on that date for a purpose connected with the

 
 

referendum *as a constable / *by me.

 
 

*Delete whichever is inappropriate.

 
  

Signature .................................................

 
  

*Counting officer / police officer (inspector or above)

 
    
  

Date ....................................

 
 

Note: The person named above is entitled to vote at any polling station in the voting area

 
 

specified above on production and surrender of this certificate to the presiding officer.

 
   
 

Paragraph 33(1)

 

Form 9 - Form of declaration to be made by the companion of a voter with

 

disabilities

 

I, ................................................................................................... (name of companion)

 
 

of .................................................................................................. (address of companion)

 
 

having been requested to assist ..................................................... (name of voter)

 
 

[in the case of a person with disabilities voting as proxy, add

 
 

voting as proxy for ........................................................................ (name of elector)]

 
 

whose name on the register is .................................................. to record their vote at the

 
 

[referendum]* [and]* [election(s)]* being held in this [voting area]* [/constituency]*

 
 

hereby declare that

 
 

(a)    

[I am entitled to vote as an elector at the said [referendum]* [and]* [election]*,]*

 
 

(b)    

[I am the #.................................. of the said voter and have attained the age of 18

 
 

years,]* and

 
 

(c)    

I have not previously assisted any voter with disabilities [except ..........................

 
 

(name of other elector), of .......................... (address of other elector)], to vote at

 
 

the [referendum]* [or]* [election]*]*.

 
 

#State the relationship of the companion to the voter.

 
 

*Delete as appropriate.

 
 

(Signed) .......................................... (companion)

 
 

Date ................................................

 
 

I, the undersigned, being the presiding officer for the .............. polling station for ..............

 
 

the [insert name of voting area] hereby certify that the above declaration, having been first

 
 

read to the above-named declarant, was signed by the declarant in my presence.

 
 

(Signed)..........................................

 
 

Date ...............................................

 
 

Time ........................................ (am/pm)

 
 


 
 

NOTE: (1) If the person making the above declaration knowingly and wilfully makes

 
 

therein a statement false in a material particular, he or she will be guilty of an offence.

 
 

(2) A voter with disabilities is a voter who has made a declaration that he or she is so

 
 

incapacitated by blindness or other disability, or by an inability to read, as to be unable to

 
 

vote without assistance.

 

 
 

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Form 10 - Statement as to postal ballot papers for the referendum

 

Referendum on the voting system for United Kingdom parliamentary elections

 
   
 

Voting area .....................

 
 

Date of poll ...................

 

 
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