It's not just voting slips that our elections staff find in ballot boxes – there's this ring too…
Staff at Adur & Worthing Councils found the gold band during the count for the European elections at the Assembly Hall in Worthing on Sunday.
A Worthing resident notified polling station staff on Thursday that her ring had slipped off her finger when casting her vote!
Staff were unable to open the ballot box on polling day due to strict election guidelines.
But, when vote counting began on Sunday, the box was the first to be opened – and, after being found by count supervisor Karen James, the resident was reunited with her treasured piece of jewellery shortly after.
As a thank you, she gave staff a box of chocolates.
Jan Jonker, the Councils' Local Returning Officer, said: "I'm so pleased that we were able to reunite this local resident with her treasured wedding ring. It certainly is the first time I've ever know anything other than a voting slip to end up in the ballot box.
"The lady was understandably upset when her ring fell slipped off. But thanks to the calm professional approach of our excellent elections staff we managed to reunite her with the jewellery while ensuring that the democratic process still ran smoothly."