About 1,700 votes scrapped at count after ballots not stamped
General election ‘concentration lapses’ on the part of polling station officials resulted in ballot papers not being legally stamped before being handed to voters.
About 1,700 people had their general election vote scrapped because their local polling officer forgot to stamp the ballot paper.
The new figures have again raised concerns about the lack of a national electoral commission to improve training for election staff. While they represent a small proportion of the overall votes cast, TDs can often win or lose their seats by a handful of votes due to the proportional representation system.
The figures were obtained from...
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