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a vote in which each person's choice is secret but the totaled votes are public

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It has directed the returning officers for the polls to ensure that the secrecy of the ballot is not violated by the voters.
However, once the ballot paper leaves the polling station, any system of voting is susceptible to abuse and the secrecy of the ballot can be compromised.
Chairman of the North-east Conservatives, Karl Poulsen said: "We have a number of concerns about mandatory postal ballots relating to fraud and irregularities, as well as questions over how to maintain the secrecy of the ballot.
Postal voting undermines the secrecy of the ballot, is open to fraud and abuse and is simply not trusted by many people, including many in our party.
A Government spokesman said: "It is an offence to breach the secrecy of the ballot.
The "Perfect Voting System" (PVS): * Empowers every citizen to confirm the accuracy of his or her vote, * Protects the secrecy of the ballot, * Minimizes the need for costly and lengthy recounts, * Reduces security risks associated with paperless voting machines and * Prevents "vote selling".
Where this does occur it will undoubtedly raise suspicions over the secrecy of the ballot and lead to allegations of electoral malpractice and fraud,' Mr Owen added.
The Electoral Commission report also revealed concerns about the secrecy of the ballot.
To maintain the secrecy of the ballot, the receipt does not indicate how he or she voted and the ballot does not contain the voter's name.
Voter registration cards are collected by village chiefs to prevent villagers from voting or to cast doubt on the secrecy of the ballot.
In addition, army personnel stood too close to the secrecy screen, which again compromised the secrecy of the ballot.
Britain is not guaranteeing the secrecy of the ballot under UN, Council of Europe, OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and other instruments: unique serial numbered ballots recorded by law in a list identifying the specific voter for each ballot issued are an affront to the secrecy of the vote.
The Better Together campaigning pinned its hopes that "shy Nos" back the union in the secrecy of the ballot box.
Maintaining the secrecy of the ballot would be a concern with this type of system, however.