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Old 02-05-2019, 20:29   #1
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Local Elections

To be honest I couldn't be bothered to vote for either of the candidates on my local ward and I don't think I'm going to vote in the European elections later this month, as we should have been out of Europe and hence should have been no need for them.
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Old 02-05-2019, 21:19   #2
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I took my dogs for a late walk, got to the polling station at 9:57.
asked who was standing (only conservative and labour) and walked home without entering.

Maybe Ill stand next year, for another party.
IS the raving loony party still going? lol
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Old 02-05-2019, 21:21   #3
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Well, I actually went down to the polling station....I got my ballot paper....put a very large cross troughboth names and wrote 'politics = disillusion.
So my vote will not count.
I will go to the polling station for the European elections and will very likely do something similar.
My husband did not vote, neither did my son in law....they both feel that voting serves no useful purpose if the vote can b disregarded as easily as out vote to leave the EU has been disregarded.
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Old 03-05-2019, 05:36   #4
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Well, if you really want to put the cat among the pigeons in the European elections.
Vote for Tommy Robinson

That will upset them all.
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Old 03-05-2019, 10:53   #5
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Down here we only had the usual Three Stooges Parties so, for the first time ever, we spoilt our ballot papers, writing “none of these parties” across the names.
One thing that probably won’t get mentioned in the me-jah, but could be interesting, is the % of spoiled ballot papers. Suspect it will be a big increase.
Bring on the Eurine elections!
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:39   #6
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We only had two candidates on our ballot paper. Neither of whom I could vote for....so I wrote my message on my paper.
It seems that there have been a lot of spoiled papers....reportedly 800 in Ipswich.
The number of spoiled ballot slips have delayed the results because apparently the spoiled papers have to be verified by a count supervisor.
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:01   #7
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Why do they not disclose how many "Spoilt" Ballot Papers have been submitted? at each polling station,
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Old 03-05-2019, 13:57   #8
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Why do they not disclose how many "Spoilt" Ballot Papers have been submitted? at each polling station,
I have a feeling that they do, Cashy, but it’s rarely reported and/or readily admitted by the parties.
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Old 03-05-2019, 14:14   #9
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I have a feeling that they do, Cashy, but it’s rarely reported and/or readily admitted by the parties.
Possibly but they certainly do not disclose or report them. would be very interesting to know do yeh not think?
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Old 03-05-2019, 16:00   #10
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Cashy,
If this link works, you should be able to see quite a comprehensive breakdown of ‘rejected’ ballot papers in Hyndburn.
Will listen out to see if anyone analyses the % of spoiled ballot papers, nationally, compared with previous years.

https://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/downlo...V3mZ2sHbksWdLu
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Old 03-05-2019, 17:26   #11
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Thank you for that link.
The turnout was abysmal.
Even though my vote did not count, I DID take myself off to the polling station(which I do regardless of the type of election....local or general) I would hate to think that anyone considered me too idle/apathetic to drop my paper in the box.
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Cashy,
If this link works, you should be able to see quite a comprehensive breakdown of ‘rejected’ ballot papers in Hyndburn.
Will listen out to see if anyone analyses the % of spoiled ballot papers, nationally, compared with previous years.

https://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/downlo...V3mZ2sHbksWdLu
Cheers mate i was one of the 70 odd lol seems to me most people didn't bother full stop.
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Old 03-05-2019, 19:24   #13
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I think most of the votes are now in, except Northern Ireland. Biggest losers Conservatives, the biggest winners seem to be the small parties like the Lib Dems, Green and Independents.

Party Councillors Change +/-
Conservative 3549 -1327
Labour 2009 -77
Liberal Democrat 1339 +695
Green 264 +193
UKIP 31 -144
Others 1165 +658
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Old 03-05-2019, 20:20   #14
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Well, like so many I have to admit I just couldn't bring myself to go to the polls, probably like me a large amount of people are sick to the back teeth with claims before an election of how we and our votes matter.
But then after the votes are counted whosoever gets the majority promptly discounts any of our wishes.
Come the next general election however I will be casting my vote hopefully so will all the other non voters I just hope it brings us a different M.P., someone that tells us before the election that they think a brace of miniscule but broad beams has more chance of understanding the EU than I have.
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Old 04-05-2019, 06:47   #15
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It beats me why party politics plays any part in local councils. Our representatives on the council need to be able to fight for local issues on behalf of the voters.

Come to think of it, by the same argument, I don't know why party politics plays any part in general elections, MPs should represent their constituencies, not the party line.
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