Can anyone remember or know just when they started printing the Party that the Candidates represent on Ballot Papers.
I seem to remember that when I was first able to vote in the '60s there were only the Candidates names and printing their party allegiance only came about sometime in the '70s.
The reason I'm asking is because in the BBC Drama 'The Village' last night set in the 1920's the Ballot papers had the Parties printed under the Candidates names similar to today's Ballot Papers, and I don't think this is right.
The BBC are usually very good at historical accuracy but sometimes make glaring mistakes.
When I voted in the EU elections this year I wanted to know before polling day the list of prospective candidates. But could I find out? So on polling day I had a sheet of paper with about 20 nominees and several of all the numerous parties had similar sounding names, so I made a mistake (soon rectified). But I would like to make an informed choice before picking up the voting form and voting.
BillSers - I found the names and parties for the EU election quite easily using a Google search. UKpolling report is a site that lists all of the elections. You can find the EU candidates from a window bottom right.
I don't know how much this will effect ballot papers in the future, but in my area there have been recent boundry changes, which might make past candidates who held 'safe' seats in one area, move to another area, with perhaps no guarantees of being re-elected?.
I suspect this will lead to challenges for some people and future candidates?.
spuds - It will not affect ballot papers as such. We have a boundary change in my immediate locality. Some councillors will have to seek re-election in a different ward albeit only a few miles away. However boundary changes really only affects District or County Councillors and MP's as they are paid but Parish Councillors are not. It is difficult to get enough good quality parish councillors to stand.
In 1964 my wife and I went to vote at a Polling Station near Doncaster. The seat was the Don Valley which I seem to remember normally had the highest Labour majority in the country.
On the way up some steps a woman rushed up to my wife and asked who the Labour Candidate was.
Luckily for her we knew.