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Helen went to vote in the EU elections at her local polling station on 23 May 2019 – it was a polling station in the Harrogate District, but she has requested to not be names.
But when trying to shove the massive ballot paper in the slot, he fingers got stuck. When she pulled them out, her wedding ring fell off and dropped into the ballot box. The ring was believed to have been worth a significant 5-figure sum.
The ballot box sealed for security and staff explained it couldn’t be opened before Sunday 26 May, at the count.
Helen was given a special invite to attend the count and told the ballot box would be the first to be opened.
This the strangest invite I’ve ever been sent, but it’s quite exciting to be at an election count. I understand entirely why I had to wait a few days, but it has been nerve-wracking.
“Nervous” election staff opened the ballot box in front of Helen but it was a few seconds before the missing ring was spotted and only after dozens of ballot papers were removed.
Helen was reunited with her ring (a single ruby with diamonds) and left the count happy. It’s a family heirloom and was passed down from her grandmother.
I’m so relieved to get the ring back. I’m going on holiday in the morning (Monday) and I was worried the ring might now have been coming with me.