Amidst all the discussion over the invalid ballot papers in Scotland, the Electoral Reform Society have noted something interesting. The problem appears to have been with the ballot paper for the Parliamentary election, while the Single Transferable Vote ballot paper for the local council elections was around five times less likely to be spoilt.

And one other thought about elections I had on Thursday – why is that amidst all the trials of e-voting, SMS-voting, all-postal ballots and the like, there hasn’t yet been a trial anywhere that I can recall of seeing what the effect of moving the polling day to the weekend would be?