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Tomorrow. Uh, no, TODAY apparently... May. 5th, 2005 12:01 am
VOTE!* Preferably Lib Dem, but hell, it's (still, just about) a free country. Although I would say that if you're inclined to support a minority party, you'll probably get better results in the long run by voting for the Lib Dems now, on the basis that they support electoral reform as a basic party tenet.

On a side note - last time I voted there was someone wearing a Labour rosette standing about 10 ft from the door of the polling station, looking official and taking names on a clipboard with no explanation. Any idea what they were doing, whether it was legal, and what I should do if they're doing the same this year?

Oh and HHGttG was great - not canon, but very funny.

*registered UK voters who've not done so already only, obviously.

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From: julietk
Date: May 5th, 2005 - 07:29 am (Link)
Having done stints as a teller myself, I always do give them my name/number :-) (although I doubt there'll be anyone in our neck of the woods this time). I actually quite enjoyed it - used to have a nice chat with the Green woman (I was telling for Labour, back in Oxford).
From: ravenevermore
Date: May 5th, 2005 - 07:20 am (Link)
Nay nay and thrice Nay on the word 'Canon'.
Canon is a word used by parents when they want their children to grow up and become usenet trolls.
From: fluffymark
Date: May 5th, 2005 - 09:49 am (Link)
Yep, that was a Teller. My housemate inskauldrak (for whatever strange reasons of his own) is currently a teller for Labour in Leytonstone. I didn't see him outside my polling station this morning, so possibly he was the one outside yours. Yesterday he was planning to buy red braces and a red tie specially for the role. This terrifies me. I'm glad I didn't see him this morning wearing that. *shudder*

Anyway, Yay Lib Dems! :)
From: d_floorlandmine
Date: May 5th, 2005 - 11:09 am (Link)
Red braces and red tie? All he needs is a red Porsche, and he could be mistaken for an 80s yuppie!
From: sashajwolf
Date: May 5th, 2005 - 10:19 am (Link)
I always give the tellers my number (and make sure all of them get it, not just one). I figure that if there's going to be a large-scale electoral fraud, then the better the information the candidates have, the better their chance of spotting discrepancies and being able to challenge them. In the past, I've thought of this as paranoia and done it anyway, but with the postal voting scandals we've had, it now seems all the more necessary.
From: arkady
Date: May 5th, 2005 - 07:53 pm (Link)
I walked with Diva down to his local polling station this afternoon; he gave his voter number to the teller outside (Labour), but she looked vaguely annoyed when I told her I'd voted by post and refused to give her any more detail than that.

My mother used to tell them to piss off, as she considered it to be none of their business. Anyone turning up at the front door to exhort the household adults to go out and vote was usually was at risk of finding themselves on the receiving end of a bucketful of dirty dishwater (which was also the welcome for Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons - unless I got there first - and trick-or-treaters).

Apparently my mother is intending to vote UKIP this year. You'd never believe she used to be a Liberal voter....