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People Will Take Pens To Polling Booths To Stop Their Votes Being Rubbed Out

#UsePens

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Most people will go along to polling booths on Thursday and cast their vote with the traditional tiny pencil provided. But, for a small yet determined band of Leave voters, that is simply not good enough.

Around 46% of Leave voters think that tomorrow's vote could be rigged, according to a poll by YouGov, and some of those people seem to think that part of that conspiracy involves pencil votes being rubbed out.

Their answer, faithfully gathered together by Twitter user @Trewloy, is to #UsePens.

Take a pen with you to the polling station. Don't risk it. #EUref

The phenomenon was first seen with Scottish independence supporters in their referendum in 2014, but now seems to have mainly been adopted by Brexiters.

Take a pen when you vote, don't use pencil. https://t.co/YRGTkR1IJT

The concern appears to be that some unnamed force will rub out pencil votes, but will be unable to change an inky vote made with a good-quality pen.

Don't use a pencil, use a black marker pen to cast your vote tomorrow to counter vote rigging... #EUref

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"Don't use the pencils provided," warns this Brexit supporter.

When you go vote tomorrow take a pen with you. Don't use the pencils provided

"Make sure you use a pen," adds this man.

Tomorrow,make sure you use a pen #Brexit #voteleave #EUref #Brexit #useapen

"USE A PEN NOT PENCIL," wrote this Leave voter, alongside a note warning of vote rigging.

USE A PEN NOT PENCIL! #votebrexit #voteleave #VoteLeaveTakeControl #brexiters #brexit #out #inorout #euref #go 🇬🇧👍🇬🇧

The Electoral Commission said it's fine to use a pen, but stopped short of confirming there is a conspiracy to rub out Leave votes en masse.

When you fill in your #EURef ballot paper on Thursday, you can use a pen or the provided pencil – it's your choice.

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UKIP MEP David Coburn revealed exclusively to BuzzFeed News that he has procured a "special Union Jack pen" for the occasion.

@JamieRoss7 I got a special Union Jack pen

This voter just doesn't trust pencils right now.

Would like to use a black ink pen to vote in the #EUref anyone know if this is OK? Not sure I trust a pencil at the moment #VoteLeave #trust

While this one thinks trusting the establishment to look after your pencil vote is like "leaving a hamster with a hungry python".

Take your sharpie pen when voting #brexit, trusting the establishment with the ballot is like leaving a hamster with a hungry python #EUref

So, remember, when you go to the polling booth tomorrow to make the biggest political decision of your life, #UsePens.

Take a pen when you vote don't use a pencil.

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Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.

Contact Jamie Ross at jamie.ross@buzzfeed.com.

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