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Education Voting in the Referendum experince.

Discussion in 'General' started by Kronos, 23 Jun 2016.

  1. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Not being a regular voter the experience of voting in the referendum this morning was a quite new experience for me and I was immediately struck by how antiquated the whole procedure was.
    I handed over my poll card to one of two older ladies where one took a ruler and then proceeded to find my name in a long list on doing so she called an an attached number to another lady who entered it on a voting slip. The rest was down to me. Why on earth is the system not computerised as I can imagine that when things get busy this whole precess can be time consuming even more so if a person is in the wrong line.

    I also had a slight disagreement with, lets call him a bouncer, though dressed in pink shorts and lilac T shirt and a little to much weight was not most peoples idea of security. Anyway he took umbrage to my cat who I walk each morning about 7am and I thought as the polling station was very close to my route then I would vote at the same time as exercising Millie. Anyway I was told that Millie could not come in the polling station when I asked why he pointed out it was not allowed, I then pointed out that although there was a sign forbidding dogs, this sign made no mention of cats and fair play with a wry smile he said I had a point, so much to the bemusement of the polling station staff I voted with cat in attendance, unfortunately I was not allowed to photograph this as this was definitely not allowed.

    I think this is about as exciting as my day will get.
     
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  2. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    How did Mille vote?
     
  3. Kehoe

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    i was with my Huskey when i voted, he sat outside howling the place down (he don't like to be left when he can still see me lol)... as well as my own vote i had a vote by proxy for a family member thats not able to get to the voting station and omg it was hard work to get them to sort that out. i would of thought a Proxy vote wasn't a new thing but they had to get someone from the back of the room to find out what they needed to do..
     
  4. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Yep, we seemed to need to be brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century in so many aspects of life in Britain.
     
  5. Zoon

    Zoon Hunting Wabbits since the 80s

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    All this rubbish is why I postal vote. They send you a voting slip and two envelopes. One of the envelopes is the free post return envelope, the other is for the voting slip.

    1. Vote on the voting slip, and seal it in the voting slip envelope.
    2. Sign and put your birth date on the voting slip envelope, where it tells you to.
    3. Put the voting slip envelope into the postal envelope.
    4. Post it anywhere for free.
     
  6. Tichinde

    Tichinde Active Member

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    Proxied for four people this morning.

    My polling station gave me my slip to complete, then had my wife's slip ready for me to take and complete.
    My parents polling station hadn't had to do proxy votes before and did it the same way.

    Fast, painless and easy.
    Not sure why you can't just have them all together mind.....
     
  7. Ending Credits

    Ending Credits Bunned

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    My polling station is literally in the same building as I live in, so...
     
  8. Yadda

    Yadda Well-Known Member

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    I like the deal at my polling station. Good old fashioned paper, pencils, people (and pub 2 mins up the road). :naughty:
     
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  10. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    I am not talking about computerised voting, I am talking about checking people off in the polling station rather than using a pen, ruler and reams of paper lists.
     
  11. Yadda

    Yadda Well-Known Member

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    Many (most?) polling stations don't have computers and are often manned by non-computer literate volunteers.
     
  12. Tichinde

    Tichinde Active Member

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    Mines in a pub, with hindsight I should have gone and voted after work :)
     
  13. Yadda

    Yadda Well-Known Member

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    :)

    You missed a trick there!
     
  14. faugusztin

    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Not sure how is it in UK, but here in Slovakia they do it in the same way, except you also have to put your signature in that list to confirm that you got the ballot papers.
     
  15. yodasarmpit

    yodasarmpit No longer the other Brett.

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    I signed up for postal voting a number of years ago, but what you describe is how I remember it - even then it felt antiquated.
     
  16. Kovoet

    Kovoet New Member

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    Remember when you put your cross in the box it must be the bottom box
     
  17. David

    David Take my advice — I’m not using it.

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    ...or the one above it :thumb:
     
  18. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Wish somebody had told me about this cross thing earlier.:D
     
  19. mrlongbeard

    mrlongbeard Well-Known Member

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    When they can get the old systems to work flawlessly, then mayhaps it's time to think about updating it

    http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/14552705.Hundreds_of_polling_cards_sent_out_to_ineligible_EU_voters/
    http://www.thejournal.ie/dublin-city-council-says-cards-are-not-necessary-1109910-Oct2013/

    But as has been said, the volunteers are usually of the aged variety and temporary station stations may not have any computer access, plus it's still open to abuse if access to the lists is possible
     
  20. Kronos

    Kronos Well-Known Member

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    Err laptops would do or even tablets, there has to be a quicker way to find someone eligible to vote rather than trawling through paper lists, this higgle D piggly way of doing it now is a joke. I went at 7am and it was quiet but still a bit of a wait, I hate to think what it is like when it gets busy.
     

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