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I see now from my regrettably unpublished Letter to the Editor of the Spectator that I had actually been over generous in my predicted results for Irexit candidates. Hermann Kelly, close ally of John Waters and former communications Director for Nigel Farage's Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group in the EU Parliament actually achieved 0.7% of the vote in the Dublin Constituency - rather worse than the spoiled vote total of 4.1%.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 01:37:35 PM EST
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Do people spoil their ballots as a protest very much?  Or is that a normal percentage?
by FoolsErrand on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 06:10:13 PM EST
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I mentioned the figure because I was surprised how high it was. But it is easy to spoil a ballot with 20 candidates. All you have to do is skip a number - 1,2,3,5 and all preferences thereafter are void. Bad hand writing creating ambiguity also can void a ballot. Perhaps a small % spoil their vote deliberately, but why bother to show up in that case? It's not as if there isn't quite a wide choice. In the recent general election the spoiled vote total was less that 1%.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 07:44:04 PM EST
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I agree, it seems like a high number. I thought there might have been some reason for it. Maybe not.
by FoolsErrand on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 09:14:08 PM EST
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