Electoral chaos and the judgement of Babel
Across Scotland, more than 100,000 have been discounted as rejected ballot papers, so 5% of voters were disenfranchised. Their votes are in the bin, and the hands with which they voted have been severed. In Glasgow Shettleston alone there were 2,035 spoiled ballots and most constituencies saw at least 1,000 papers rejected. In some areas, the rejected votes outnumbered the winners' majority, and right across the UK many counts were suspended due to problems with the electronic counting systems.
First-past-the-post was simple, and human beings counting paper ballot papers were visible, tangible, and yielded a clear result within hours which could be corroborated with recounts if necessary. We now have elections which deploy three separate ballot papers - list, constituency, and single transferable vote - some requiring a cross, and others requiring numbers and ranked preferences. They take days instead of hours to count, and as computers crash and counting machines jam, there is no easy way to perform recounts, and absolutely no assurance that every vote cast will be included.
The United Kingdom, which has a proud history of parliamentary democracy, now has an electoral system worthy of a banana republic. It is immoral and corrupt. With the on-going concern over postal-vote fraud, Britain’s democratic process has fallen into disrepute, with demands for reviews and assurances of judicial inquiry. A system that was intended to maximise the turnout and ensure that no one's vote was wasted had, ironically, completely the opposite effect.
What on earth was wrong with the system we had?