Make your Mark matter – the Life of a Ballot
Meet Mark – Haringey’s friendly ballot paper – and join him as he journeys from print shop to polling station and on to the election count.
Our new animated short offers a fun glimpse into the life of a ballot paper, and celebrates the part each individual voter plays in local democracy.
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Mark’s intrepid adventure explains everything you need to know about voting – including the importance of registering to vote; how your ballot is kept safe and secure; vote verification and counting, and what happens to ballot papers after polling day.
Following Mark’s concerns about being daubed in lead – “whoa, whoa, whoa! Most important day of my life – getting voted on – and they’re going to use a pencil?!” – the film even explains why polling booths are kitted out with pencils, but confirms you’re free to use a pen to cast your vote if you prefer.
Haringey Council Chief Executive and Returning Officer, Zina Etheridge, said:
“We’re delighted to introduce Mark. I hope that he offers reassurance about how seriously we take the secrecy and security of your vote and helps explain the importance of registering to vote and having your say in the forthcoming local elections.
“As Mark puts it in his starring role, ‘I’ve been counted, I’ve made a difference’. Make sure you’re registered to vote so that you can made a difference too.”
Council elections will be held in Haringey on Thursday, May 3. All 57 of Haringey’s council seats, which are divided across 19 local wards, will be voted on. For information on registering to vote, polling stations, candidates and Election Day in Haringey, visit www.haringey.gov.uk/voting
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