But somehow or other, you had been passed an invalid ballot paper without the printing on the back (and yes, they were all the same design - the barcode on the back was unique - see Personation above).
Somehow (as this seems to be about trying to overturn the vote), these blank-backed ballot papers were given only to Yes voters.
Now you remember that your ballot paper was invalid.
So Polling Clerks were deliberately giving out blank ballot papers to some people - and very cleverly if it was a postal vote, THEY know in advance how you were going to vote. We are getting into fantasy conspiracy land here.
Now I watched ballot papers being handed out at polling ststaion and they came from a pad of papers in sequence. So it'd be impssible to sneak in an invalid paper. And as discussed in my sister post, the numbers printed on the back of the ballot paper is recorded against your electoral number. So every Polling Clerk does actually look at the back of every ballot paper.
Even if people votes were being made deliberately invalid, would these have changed the result? No. Look at the number of invalid votes at the official results website http://scotlandreferendum.info/ - 3,429.
That's right 3,623,344 votes were cast and just 3,429 managed to invalidate their votes - 0.9%.The No majority was a wee bit bigger than this.
I've been to lots of counts and votes are invalid for a number of reasons. At the last European Elections, 4% of votes were invalid.
I think the blank back ballot paper isssue is total and utter tosh.
As I said in my post on the process at Polling Place and the Count, this was a meticulous ballot.
No system is perfect and the Electoral Commission was in overall charge of this referendum and continuously considers what changes need to be made.
Conspiracy TheoristsNow no system is perfect - Voter Id is required in Northern Ireland but not in the rest of the UK - which says something of the low level of 'personation'. I think this will change as it's an obvious hole in the process - but with just 10 case in such a high turnout election still tells me this is not an issue and I will lament yet another example of distrust becoming the default in our lives.
I have seem claims that Polling and Couning Officers (note the incorrect term) were instructed to change Yes to No or to deliberately put Yes votes into No piles.
I've seen claims that this was on the instructions of MI5, the CIA, Buckingham Palace.
I've discussed the process with people, who once they realised that the videos of the count were bunkum, switched to the blank bank ballot papers issue.
I assume at this point that I am part of the conspiracy - perhaps a stooge of the Palace. I have after all been to three Royal Garden Parties and have developed a taste for the rather nice lemon tarts and the strawberry sandwiches. If only they would serve green tea ....
But anyone demented enough to believe this rigging nonsense wouldn't believe an independent inquiry, a recount or anything else. It would be another establishment fix. .
But those banging on about the ballot being rigged make the whole Yes movement look absurd. So I'll risk the conspiracy theorists believing I'm part of a plot with Mrs Windsor.
If you are a conspiracy theorist, please don't join my party, The Scottish Greens. Spend your energies inside Conservative or Labour : I am sure your energy and devious mind can find a way to make them implode.