When I vote, whether it is in local or national elections, I am always struck by the care and attention given to the issue of the various ballot papers. Each seems to have serials or references and are taken from very neatly filed or bundled packs. And of course we know that identification marks need not be visible to the naked eye. While I accept that ballot papers and their issue must be carefully controlled to avoid fraud it occurs to me every time I vote that it may be quite a simple matter to compare voters to their choice of candidate. While I am not arrogant enough to believe that my personal vote is of any real interest to the "powers-that-be" it would seem an easy matter for some government agency to ascertain how a particular individual votes. Can anyone guarantee the true secrecy of the ballot box?