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The history of secret ballots for voting

Ruth Tarrant

7th December 2015

In the UK, and in many other countries, we take it as given that when we turn up to vote we are able to do so in private, using private polling booths and then posting our marked ballot paper into a sealed ballot box, but it wasn't always like this. Until 1875 in the UK, the one fifth of men who were eligible to vote had to do so publicly, risking heckling and jeering from those around them.

Ruth Tarrant

Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible.

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