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Gah, and election thoughts

May 6th, 2010 (09:21 pm)

Spent the whole day at work pulling out people's Postal Votes. Honestly, the whole point of voting by post is to get your vote in early as you won't be able to make it on the actual polling day. So why on earth were so many people posting them on the actual day?!?

So some poor sod (ie me) had the pleasure of going through everything that came in today and pulling out all the Postal Votes.

Not impressed with their lack of foresight.

~ + ~

On the other hand, at least I got my voting done nice and early. Lot more people around than normal though, so I strongly suspect turnout'll be high this time. One of the door greeters that I stopped to chat with suggested that it reminded him of 1997 a lot. So take high turnout, tactical voting galore and a big Lib Dem challenge this time around, and the whole thing leads me to suspect there'll be a lot more close calls and recounts tonight. And probably some high profile defeats.

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Posted by: omegar (omegar)
Posted at: May 6th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)

Ah door greeters. Totally illegal in Ireland. Can't campaign within a 100 feet of a polling station. of course your also not allowed to campaign on the day before the election either.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 6th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Booster Amy 2

To be fair, they weren't campaigning. But by god, I'd love to have the previous day free.

Posted by: brutti_ma_buoni (brutti_ma_buoni)
Posted at: May 6th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)

Your icon feels woefully appropriate.

I know someone who postal voted yesterday, while in labour. That seems like a reason, but I'm not sure all offenders will have a good one.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 6th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)

Generously, I will forgive her. ;)

Though, to be fair, as stories of queues being cut off at 10pm seem prevalent, it may just be an extra-large turnout to blame for 'em all.

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: May 6th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)

I don't vote by mail because I don't have the time to make it to the polls - I vote by mail because I'm always 1,800 miles away from my assigned polling place on election day (silly school schedule). Then again, 1,800 miles away from anywhere in the UK is, well, either in another continent or in the middle of an ocean, I think, so your students have fewer excuses.

Could some of the delay have been because people were waiting to see if Gordon Brown was going to manage to find them in his scavenger hunt to alienate the Labor base before the polls closed? I've been head deep in research for the last month and even I've heard some bad stories.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 7th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)

Oh god, Gordon Brown.... bigotgate was certainly not his finest hour.

Posted by: keith5by5 (keith5by5)
Posted at: May 7th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)

Shattered back in two places makes getting out a military operation....

But on the plus side, sent mine last Tuesday.

Posted by: MoragMacpherson (moragmacpherson)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
delirium

Okay, I'm an ignorant Yank and I admit I will never understand the finer details of the parliamentary system, but could you perhaps enlighten me on one thing: I realize that a hung parliament means that no one won, but didn't Labor distinctly lose? As such, why has coverage of Gordon Brown resigning been running on the news here for the last hour? I thought him being out was a foregone conclusion (possibly as of several days/weeks before the election, but that's a whole other issue). Or is he resigning from Parliament entirely? But then why is he presenting it directly to the Queen? I'm so confused!

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: May 11th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Bugs

It's more a case of no-one winning outright. As such, Brown stayed on as incumbent until an official government was formed. Naturally, they were desperately trying to talk the Lib Dems around to form a coalition government with Labour instead of the Conservatives. Obviously, that didn't work.

Nice icon. :)

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