The law requires that voters bring some form of identification with you to the polling station where you will be asked to state your name address and occupation. This document could be a passport, driver’s licence or social security card. If a potential voter does not have any identification, another voter or the person presiding can vouch for the fact that person is the one whose name is on the Voters’ list and the person will be allowed to vote.
Before giving you the Ballot the Presiding Officer (PO) will have the Poll Clerk record the number which is on the back ballot and on the Counterfoil. This is an administrative requirement. He or she will then instruct the voter as follows:
1. Vote by placing an “X” in the space provided opposite to the names of the Candidates for whom you wish to vote.
2. Return the Ballot to me folded so that I can see my Initials in the box at the top but NOT the names of the persons for whom you voted. The secrecy of your vote is sacred as far as we are concerned.
3. Mark your “X” using the black lead pencil provided in the booth.
4. The Presiding Officer will then take off the Counterfoil without opening the Ballot and place in box on the table through an aperture and the Poll clerk will enter “Voted” against your name in the poll book.
If by chance a voter makes a mistake while marking their ballot they can return it to the PO who will write SPOILT across it, place it in an envelope and give a fresh one.
Note also that provision is made for voters who are unable for whatever reason, to mark their ballots whether through poor eyesight or some infirmity. A friend can assist if he or she is prepared to swear or affirm not to reveal for whom the person voted.