How many of you voted?
much as i'm finding this debate enthralling, i'm going to watch the strictly results show.
bit of satire there..
On the other hand, I have voted in my union's current industrial action ballot
I've voted in every local and national election that I've been able to since I was old enough to vote. The PCC elections are the first that I can remember where I've consciously made the decision to not vote.The only information that we had about who was standing and what their aims were came in a Lib Dem leaflet, which highlighted their candidate and attacked the Conservative one calling them an ex-slash and burn councillor. In fact I knew more about who was standing in Plymouth and why, than the area I live.
In the end I decided I would exercise my right not to vote because I'd rather do that than turn up and randomly select from a list of names.If the government want people to vote then they should make sure that they have the information they need to do so, pointing them to websites or phonelines in order to find out more is OK but has to be used in conjunction with other means like adverts in local papers or leaflets because there are people who don't have access to the internet or find it difficult to hear people on the phone.
I voted, only because I can vaguely see the benefit of the new post and, in my area, 4 out of the 8 candidates happened to be Independent and one of those was ex-police and actually sounded like he knew what he was doing.
HOWEVER, I can entirely appreciate why the turn out was so low, and why people who would normally make a point of voting in all elections didn't vote this time.
The first I'd heard anyting about the elections was in a very ambiguous TV advert 2 or 3 of weeks ago.... The advert really didn't make it clear what the post was all about, and I had to go out of my way to find out more information. We received not one single piece of information on any of the candidates and, again, had to go out of our way to find that out.
That wasn't hard, but the vast majority of people wouldn't do that, nor should they have to. I fail to see what the amount of money spent on this election was actually spent on... it certainly wasn't on any type of public awareness excercise.
As it happens, of the 900-odd people entitled to vote at my polling station, only 22 turned out! The Independent candidate, who I thought sounded the only viable option, happened to come LAST, and the Tory candidate got in on an 16% turn out .
our labour candidate stated that he didn't want to make the post political and then went on to mention the tories 3 times in the leaflet
it was a close thing between him and one of the independant ex police men and the indepedant won..
up here the Tories don't even mention Conservative once!
I did go and vote, but I can understand why so many people didn't. Holding an election in November is a bad idea, and not allowing candidates a mailshot is pathetic. I did research the candidates online, but you shouldn't have to - it ought to be as easy as possible.
I'm not sure if elected commissioners will turn out to be a good thing or not. I can see some potential in it. e.g. if I'm concerned about a particular issue (cycle theft, say) then there's someone I can contact to try and get the police to take it seriously.
Is that what you think they are there to do Tom? big mistake, look at London, we have had Boris in the same job for a while now, he isn't there to listen to problmes of the poeple and then get the police to act on them.
What you are talking about with the bike theft issue is what Safer neigbourhood teams are designed to do.
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