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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 an enthusiastic Head of Economics and Politics for many years, having taught in a variety of schools and at university level. She is also a Senior Examiner. Ruth is passionate about boosting the quality of teaching and learning across all subjects in schools and colleges.

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