On 3 June 2015 at 18:42, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:

> > By the way, my understanding is that the practice of generating a public
> > list of voters who cast ballots, while keeping the nature of their votes
> > private, is relatively common in election processes in general. In the
> > United States, political parties use this information for their "get out
> > the vote" campaigns so that they know which of their likely supporters
> have
> > yet to vote.
> In UK political elections I think that would be illegal...{{citation
> needed}}
> They certainly exist in Canada, and I'm quite certain they exist in the UK
as well, because that's how the official poll watchers (or scrutineers, as
we call them in Canada) know who to "get out" when getting out the
vote.  They don't get published online, but there is a right to examine
the list of individuals who can vote at the office of the local senior
election official for a few weeks afterward, and then at the national
election office once any challenges have been completed.  Of course in
places where voting is mandatory, the failure to vote is going to be public.


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