Friday 2 May 2008 12.26pm
The election staff are very good on issues around ballot security.
I, too, was surprised to be given a pencil. But I question how much "ballot security" there is when there is no requirement for voters to provide identification confirming they are the person named on the ballot form. This is a yawning gap in the electoral process.
Not a very big one. If you vote pretending to be someone else, that will be noticed when they come to vote later, and resolved at the count. If they don't vote in that election, the marked register will show that they did, and an odd result with lots of people who are usually non-voters turning out would ring alarm bells and trigger an investigation.