Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Michael Meyers,

    Lots of black stickers to peel off.

    And very much illegal. The rules for handling the ballot papers are quite strict, you can't get hold of them without a court order (or, as Emma said, corrupting the electoral commission) and they are destroyed after six months.

    On the other hand, I've never worked in an IT shop where there weren't large numbers of people with at least read access to sensitive data and equally, very few with (working) safeguards to stop you walking out of the door with a phone or memory stick full of goodies. (Actually, this place is about the only one. Copper lined rooms with datalocks).

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Alfie,

    Who's to say that your dominant male isn't already collecting the entire family's EasyVote cards and tripping around a few polling booths with his mates?

    Well, if you did that and the polling official or scrutineer (that's one reason they call the names out as you vote) recognised the gender or even age discrepancy, you'd wind up in trouble.

    Personation has become quite unusual - I don't recall hearing of a case. Vote harvesting, unfortunately, is definitely a thing.

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government,

    The privacy of the polling booth is essential to a secret ballot, and electoral staff enforce it

    Exactly.

    Also, if the norm for voting is in-person at a polling booth, then it's close to mandatory privacy, which you can't opt out of.

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  • Hard News: Time to Vote, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Junta is simply the Spanish word for council. See "La Junta de Andalucía" which is the perfectly vote-o-cratic devolved government of Andalucia.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I wonder if the Guardian will be offering NZ coverage and commentary on election day, being outside the jurisdiction and that.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    Awesome, even if it also eats my riposte?

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Brilliant. Can I have a copy.

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Or, they caught a few loonies who shouted a lot about it whilst giving many innocent muslim kids a genuine grievance.. Some of those might not talk about it, they'll just do it.

    I think most people here would rather live (as we do) in a society where people get on and don't want to kill each other, as opposed to a prison state where people only don't kill you because the guards are watching.

    Obviously you don't, but consider how easy it would be for some kid who hates the world (but hasn't exposed that fact) to get a job in an arm of the State and gather a fairly comprehensive list of rightbloggers and their home addreses.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    ‘Dave Dobbyn and the Police’

    I liked their cover version of "White Riot".

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  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    part of the Commonwealth (eg Harare) were intriguing. Key has over the last few years increasingly been softening up the electorate with asides about becoming a republic

    Huh? Most Commonwealth states are republics.

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