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In 1856, Abraham Lincoln observed that 'The ballot is stronger than the bullet' - that democracy and elections are really much more powerful tools for ruling people than brute force. But elections are such crazy, chaotic affairs that perhaps 'stranger that the bullet' is a more apt expression. In this entertaining, well-researched guide the author explores all aspects of electoral weirdness, ranging from the bizarre comments voters write on their ballot papers to the increasingly surreal behaviour of some politicians. Stranger than the Bullet focuses mainly on British elections, but anecdotes, facts and observations relating to the USA and Europe are also included. The US presidential campaign of 2000 brought the significance of elections - and spoiled ballots in particular - back to the forefront of the general public's consciousness. With 2001 also being a year in which Britain went to the polls, the publication of this book is perfect timing. Finally, let's consider some actual comments that have been found on ballot papers: 'Don't vote! It only encourages them!' 'I don't know why I am here.'

Stranger Than the Bullet: An Unconventional History of the Vote by Jonathan Snelling

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