Ballot anonymity at UK polling stations

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Dec 12, 2019 01:05 PM 0 Answers
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When voting at the parliamentary election polling station I noticed the following practice mentioned in the Electoral Commission's Polling station handbook: UK Parliamentary election (PDF)

Stage two – issuing the ballot paper

Write the elector number (including the polling district reference letter(s) if not pre-printed) on the corresponding number list next to the number of the ballot paper to be issued.

I thought that the identity of the voter linked to the ballot paper is anonymous, but this practice links voter to the ballot paper, therefore, Government can find out who voted for who.

Is this data extrapolated from the corresponding number list? If so, how is anonymity maintained?

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