scribbles tagged ‘voting’

cant be bovvered

Monday, November 19th, 2012 | tags: , , , , ,  |

4 pony-tails(superciliousness warning)

I’m one of the minority that voted in the Police commissioner elections. The Guardian reports the elections as having the worst turnout ever. It’s hardly surprising. Prior to normal local elections candidates will canvas voters, promote their positions  and encourage people to engage with the system.

In advance of this election I received an election card through the post. It didn’t contain any information about how to find out more about the candidates. What? I have to actually do my own research?!

Just providing the right type of information isn’t enough. A capitalistic society sells ideas, products, to its consumers. The candidates were not sold to the voters. This is totally counter to the expectations of the electorate.  How could anyone expect this system to work within a developed capitalist system? It’s hardly surprising there was such a low turn-out. It shouldn’t be news.

I’m very grateful for my ability, right, to vote. I will show my appreciation for this right by using it wisely. I did my research and found a succinct central information source that pointed to candidates own web pages, twitter feeds and provided a summary personal statement for each candidate. Really easy to find local candidates by entering my post-code. Excellent service. Research was easy and left me feeling adequately equipped to make an informed decision.

The low election turnout suggests that my belief in my social responsibility (to put thought and effort into exercising my vote) is not a common belief.

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voting performance

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 | tags: , , , ,  |

On November 15th they’ll have local Elections in the UK. The voting stations, normally schools, close for their normal purpose and are staffed with people to help the voters make their vote.

After work I’ll walk along to the local primary school “Alfred Sutton” walk up to a table that’s labelled with “H” for House, give them my voter card and they’ll use a pencil to cross my name of a paper list and point me to a little booth where I’ll go and put an ‘X’ next to the name of the person I want to vote for.

It’s all very quaint and has been the same since I started voting in the early 80’s.

Voting as a fmily eventFriends in Washington State (West coast USA) get to vote by dropping their papers in a large Ballot Box or the mail, it’s all postal vote for them. In this case, the family made a trip to the ballot box location and the children ceremoniously dropped their vote into the Ballot box.

They can also pick-up a report card that gives them a voting performance score based on their personal voting history and that of thier neighbourhood. Excellent!
Voting history report card

voting performance
1 vote rating 5

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enfranchising gender and race

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 | tags: ,  |

According to wikipedia providing legislation for  females  to have equivalent to male voting rights happened in

  • 1920  in the USA,   males of colour were given the right to vote  50 years earlier  1870
  • 1928  in the UK, males over the age of 21yrs,  irrespective of race of property  were enfranchised from 1919.  

Both countries legally enfranchise males  of different races before they enfranchised women.   What might that imply about beliefs of equality?

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electoral audit

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Electoral AuditI’m now officially registered as a resident of the Wendy House in Reading Borough and entitled to vote.   Hoorah!

Next year I can re-register by text, free-phone or internet.   Very helpful.

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a vote for yellow wonky teeth

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 | tags: , , , ,  |

In October my facebook friends no longer described me as predominantly  arrogant and mouthy,   Hoorah!

They  have found that my frequent unveiling of yellow wonky teeth  is  my main virtue.   Needless to say, I don’t count any  US Dentists amongst my friends.  

Obviously I could survive on a desert island without panicking about the lack of a dental floss and could focus on the more fun stuff   like some serious splashing in the sea,   exploring,    then bedtime  with  a drop of fermented coconut milk and lashings of ‘goodnight John-Boy’,   ‘goodnight Mary-Ellen’   Waltonesque politeness.  

The total omission of the category ‘worst speller’ is because the Facebook applet  does not compare people on this dimension.   Otherwise I’m sure creative speller would be up there amongst my top virtues.   While I’m considering this I’ll have half a dozen a cups of tea because I surely can drink a lot of tea,   as indeed my friends conscientiously observe.

Then in November my wonky teeth got knocked off the top slot by my outstanding manners with new entries replacing adventurous and best companion on a desert island with loyal and dateable.     In the light of my repatriation this all makes good sense because while the UK is an island,   it is not a desert,   and returning to the UK can be viewed more as native loyalty than adventerousness.   Dateable?   Hmmmm….   this is questionable on the grounds that no-one has actually managed to achieve a ‘date’ in 2007.

Goodness knows where the manners came from,   probably mumzie.

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