You could use a pen but only pencil was provided at the ballot booths.
They use a waterproof pencil, which makes it more difficult to change than another pencil or pen, which was why it was recommended that we use the pencil in the polling booth.
What? don’t everyone vote with a pencil? We always vote with a pencil at every election.
lord no. We have voting machines. On the rare occasion someone needs a paper ballot, you use your own writing tool.
In France, even for presidential elections, you just have several bits of paper (official papers) with names, and you put the one you want to vote for in an envelop. Post it in a huge box, and you’ve voted.
If you’ve written anything on the paper, your vote doesn’t count for your candidate. You can also post an empty envelop.
As far as I’m aware the US is the only country to vote with voting machines, everyone else is still manual.
Well, as we all learned from watching Scandal, voting machines are bad because dodgy people will come along and rig elections with them. I enjoy our pencil paper system, thank you.
if there’s something to be won, people will find a way to rig it, pencil, pen or machine. Paper ballots are magically “lost” like the odd machine is rigged. Dishonest people will find a way.
Friendly reminder that Brazil uses actively voting machines for up than a decade and in the old times, when people there still used paper and pens (and pencils weren’t allowed) the results were heavily manipulated. Just a reminder.