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Paragraph 34
34.  Historically, the special arrangement for voting by post was the result of the large number of servicemen still abroad after the November armistice of the 1914-18 war, so as to enable them to vote in the December 1918 General Election (see the Representation of the People Act of 1918). Postal voting in the case of the British Armies still abroad in 1918 was a success because it was orderly and disciplined. People with physical disabilities or that could justify their absence were gradually allowed to use these arrangements until 2000.