Re: UK elections.
I'm glad to know that your ball ache is more important than electoral fraud. I guess you don't live in Tower Hamlets?
"Can I bring my children to show them how it works?
Of course. Polling station staff are expected to be welcoming to under-18s so as not to put off the voters of tomorrow. In exceptional cases where there are large numbers of young people in the station, presiding officers have the power to ask them to wait outside. If someone has several young children, a member of the polling station staff can look after them while the parent or guardian votes."
Also, if you have a genuine emergency:-
"When can I apply to vote by proxy [if] I miss the deadline but can't go to my polling station?
If you have a medical emergency after the deadline, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy if the emergency means that you cannot go to the polling station in person. You can also apply to vote by emergency proxy if your occupation, service or employment means that you cannot go to the polling station in person, and you only become aware of that fact after the deadline. You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day."
What I'm saying is that postal and proxy votes should be the exception, not a matter of convenience. You f*&ker! :-)