. There were thousands of votes "spoilt" during the two simultaneous Scottish elections. "The cause of the high number of spoilt ballot papers was thought to be due to the fact that the Scottish parliament elections required voters to put an X in the box, while local council elections, held under a new system called single transferable vote required voters to rank their preferences by 1, 2, 3 etc in the boxes." Is this an indictment of the complexity of the system, or (lack of) intelligence of some of the electorate? If some people cannot understand relatively simple instructions, why presume they are able to understand political policies. And therefore, should they be entitled to vote? .