7 things about UK general elections I did not know last week

  1. Until this election, the Green party had no seats in the UK parliament.
  2. The word 'gerrymander' (to modify a constituency's boundary deliberately) comes from Elbridge Gerry who redrew Massachusetts' electoral boundaries to include a salamander-shaped constituency (Gerry + (sala)mander).
  3. Members of the House of Lords cannot vote in general elections.
  4. The UK constituency with the smallest area is Islington North.
  5. The only people allowed to wear rosettes at a polling station are the candidates and their polling agents.
  6. The Queen could vote if she wanted to, but does not exercise her right.
  7. There is no need to show your polling card to vote.
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