They're not voting because...
- My local council seems to need more ...
My local council seems to need more than a month to add me to the electoral role. I guess they don't have a database - sounds more like they need to carve my name on a stone slabsomewhere. I don't fancy a 400 mile round trip to my official polling station to place a meaningless vote (Both my old and new houses are in a ridiculously safe Labour seat and my views are closest (idealogically) to the Lib Dem's. Bring on condorcet voting (http://www.electionmethods.org/Condorcet.htm), and I might be more inclined to vote in the future.written 7th Apr 2005
Richard replies: The electoral roll at my local council is indeed stored on a database. When someone wants adding to the roll, it takes a little time to check their application and add them to the database. But not that much time.
However, the election itself takes a certain amount of time to prepare. Many steps in that preparation are laid down by law, along with the timing of them. Obviously, for a given election, there must be a cut-off point for registrations to avoid someone spamming the system with late registrations in an attempt to fiddle the vote.
There will be people who have moved to a completely new area after the cut-off point for a given election. This is unfortunate, but I don't know how else you could structure it and still safeguard against fraud.written 7th Apr 2005
Tom Cochrane replies: I feel quite angry at the postal voting fraud problem.
Today (Sat 23 April) Blair has stated that the entire ellection might come down to a few hundred votes in marginal seats.
The precise situation that has led to manipulation of postal votes.
There should be action taken immediately to ensure that all postal votes are closely scrutinised.written 23rd Apr 2005