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Missing Ballot Papers

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 13 June 1945

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asked the Prime Minister if Service votes in the election are to be collected abroad and despatched in parcels to the constituencies concerned; and what provision will be made in the event of the loss of any such consignment en route for the holding of a new election in the constituency involved.

The envelopes containing the ballot papers are put into bags specially marked with the word "Election." This ensures that the bag is given priority until it reaches this country. It will normally arrive by air and will be handed by the Army Postal Service to the General Post Office at the post office nearest to the airfield. If ballot papers do not arrive in time for the count votes of proxies will be effective for Service men and women. If this fails all fails, for we cannot now make new laws.