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Are you going to vote in local elections on May 2nd?

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by Cromulent, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Cromulent


    Joined: Nov 1, 2007

    Posts: 3,754

    Location: England

    Are you going to vote in the local elections on May the 2nd?

    I've already voted by postal vote but curious how many others are planning on voting as the turn out for local elections is always quite low?
  2. nkata


    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 7,450

    Location: Cheshire / Staffordshire

    Yes, the locals are often much closer. Having said that our incumbent MP took the seat by 45 votes last time.
  3. Werewolf


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 27,976

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    I'm voting, not 100% who I'm voting for but I know several candidates who I certainly won't be voting for.

    I'm going to look into exactly who and what parties are running in my area but as it's normally a safe tory zone we normally only get candidates for the big two, libdem and the party of constant new leaders ukip.
  4. Freakbro


    Joined: Jul 29, 2010

    Posts: 15,693

    Location: Lincs

    I was going to but the election was cancelled in my area due to being uncontested
  5. Rossi~


    Joined: Nov 5, 2010

    Posts: 19,544

    Yes, already voted.
    There's so many candidates, but the option was simple for me. A candidate that has helped me (and my neighbours) in the past and a second that I feel would benefit my town and it's environment especially given the impending developments.
  6. krooton


    Joined: May 9, 2004

    Posts: 25,635

    Location: Leafy outskirts of London

    I would, but having just moved I checked last year's results, Tories had the top 3 spots, and their combined votes were 80% of all votes. Can't say I am surprised, we went for an hour walk yesterday, and some of the mansions we saw were huge.
  7. Mason-


    Joined: Jun 18, 2010

    Posts: 5,376

    Location: Essex

    The options in my locals are: Tory, Labour, Green, Lib Dem.

    They all seem ****.
  8. FishFluff


    Joined: Nov 7, 2003

    Posts: 5,224

    Location: Deepest, darkest Leeds

    Yep, I'll be voting. Not sure who yet, need to do some more research.
  9. JeditOjanen


    Joined: Feb 7, 2011

    Posts: 4,732

    I won't be voting, but only because my ward isn't up for elections in this cycle.

    @krooton Always vote, even if it seems pointless; you at least help your preferred party get towards recovering their deposit, which is money they can spend elsewhere later. And you never know, if enough people do the same there might be an upset - especially in local elections where councillors often get elected with less than 1000 votes.
  10. ltron

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 30, 2014

    Posts: 1,839

    I don't live in England but I think these upcoming local elections and the European ones (which I will definitely be voting in) are extremely important given the gravity of the situation around Brexit and other issues like climate change. Disengagement from the process seems totally illogical to me as these things are going to affect us all profoundly, so I implore you all to vote.

    Even if a party doesn't win, a large uptick in their vote share sends a message.
  11. krooton


    Joined: May 9, 2004

    Posts: 25,635

    Location: Leafy outskirts of London

    That's the thing, all 3 Tory candidates got over 2k votes a piece, the next closest was a Labour at 900, lol
  12. Marky


    Joined: Apr 16, 2007

    Posts: 22,443

    Location: UK

    Yes I will be voting - It's important - I will also be using it as an excuse to trip and fall into the pub on the way home :p
  13. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Feb 21, 2006

    Posts: 26,554

  14. Double07

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 10, 2006

    Posts: 1,197

    Location: Scotland

    Nah, I'm not going to vote, then complain at everything that happens as result, even though my opinions makes no sense at all.
  15. The_Abyss


    Joined: May 15, 2007

    Posts: 12,131

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    Yes, I’ve already voted. The Brexit debacle shows what happens what political cancer is out there if you don’t oppose it.

    But why is this in Speaker’s Corner?
  16. RDM


    Joined: Feb 1, 2007

    Posts: 20,232

    No, only Labour and the Conservatives are putting up candidates and I am not going to support either of those parties at the moment.
  17. Jonny2284

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 1, 2009

    Posts: 1,329

    ^ That.

    I've never failed to vote in my life regardless of any apathy I feel at the time but this time there's no independants, none of the tertiary parties. Just the two that as they stand right now I could never support.
  18. Scania


    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 23,776

    Location: On the road....

    Probably not, if I did it will be anybody but the Conservatives or Labour (or the referendum ignoring Lib Dem’s) on a point of principle. (I voted remain btw)

    Probably Brexit Party (if they are standing) not that I like Farage, more to send a kick up the arse to the “establishment”

    But, it won’t be on my list of priorities for Thursday, most likely just won’t bother.
  19. thenewoc


    Joined: Mar 9, 2012

    Posts: 5,349

    Location: West Sussex, England

    Yeah will definitely vote as it doesn't feel right not to. Only have the option of Con, Lab & Libs this time and only 1 candidate that was part of the 2015 election. Last local election UKIP came second so we'll see where all those votes go this time.
  20. Trifid


    Joined: Feb 18, 2006

    Posts: 8,216

    Yes. Takes 10 minutes max, including the time to walk there.

    Not sure who to vote for, there is a new independent who is putting a lot of effort in but I have no idea what he stands for or there is the Lib Dem who is a ex teacher that I remember from school who was subsequently struck off from teaching due to assaulting someone at a pub. I won't be voting labour, conservatives or UKIP (or is that Brexit party now?)