1. WIFE

    WIFE Registered User

    May 23, 2014
    857
    WEST SUSSEX
    Went to vote this morning and the lady (not of the village) who took my name asked rather curtly when my husband - who is still on the list although I had notified the District Council of his death at the time - was coming to vote. I replied equally curtly - he wasn't allowed a postal vote in Heaven and his bus pass had been rescinded! That shut her up.
     
  2. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,288
    Male
    North Manchester
    "Went to vote this morning and the lady (not of the village) who took my name..."

    If the lady was the Presiding Officer or a Poll Clerk as opposed to a person at the door (legally outside) I would complain to the Electiorial Office at your LA. People at the entrance are party workers.
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,485
    Female
    London
    That really was unnecessarily rude of her. What business of her is it when or where or why not someone votes?
     
  4. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    9,322
    Female
    East Kent
    How upsetting for you.
    If this person was the one who checks your Details and entitlement to vote then IMO you would be entitled to complain as it is she should not be asking
     
  5. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,659
    Kent
    It was none of her business.
     
  6. Pickles53

    Pickles53 Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    2,482
    Radcliffe on Trent
    #6 Pickles53, May 7, 2015
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
    Actually surprised that still happens as it's years since anyone has been taking names at the door of polling stations round here. My mum was very politically active and I think the idea was to identify people who hadn't voted so they could be contacted and often offered transport to the polling station later in the day.

    If they are party workers they wouldn't have any way of knowing that someone on the electoral roll has died or is unable to vote for any other reason. So they should be a bit more sensitive. There's no excuse for being curt, and I remember the party workers were always told to explain that there was no obligation at all to give them information.

    Always feel my mum on my shoulder at election time, reminding me how important it is to exercise my right to vote. Now I tell my daughter the same.
     
  7. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
    18,288
    Male
    North Manchester
    Agreed that in the past the party workers were trying to identify people who it was worth sending a car to collect. Now a days they are just part of an exit poll which can be pointless as many people refuse or just give the name of the 'screaming lord sutch' type of candidate. Postal votes also cam make the exit poll pointless.
     
  8. Witzend

    Witzend Registered User

    Aug 29, 2007
    4,282
    SW London
    Someone came to the door this morning and asked whether I had voted yet. (Yes). And would I mind telling her who I had voted for?
    (Sorry, that is private. )
    Funnily enough she did not ask OH, who had answered the door!
     
  9. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,490
    Female
    Near Southampton
    I thought that my husband's name was removed from the electoral register when he no longer was liable for Council tax. He certainly never received another voting card.
     
  10. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,485
    Female
    London
    OH is exempt from council tax but still receives his polling card. It's almost impossible to remove someone from the list unless you take them off the electoral roll, and I wouldn't do that.
     
  11. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    58,713
    Female
    Dundee
    #11 Izzy, May 7, 2015
    Last edited: May 7, 2015
    I phoned to ask for Bill to be taken off the electoral role and explained why. I was told that his name would remain on but he wouldn't get his voting card. We both used to have postal votes. I got my postal vote card as usual and they sent a card for Bill to take to the polling station!:confused:
     
  12. Pickles53

    Pickles53 Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    2,482
    Radcliffe on Trent
    Pointless is the right word, meaningless activity if that is actually what they are trying to do. May explain why we don't see them round here though, stuck in an impregnable safe seat where the result sadly is not in doubt.
     
  13. Saffie

    Saffie Registered User

    Mar 26, 2011
    22,490
    Female
    Near Southampton
    As my husband was in a nursing home before another election came around, perhaps it went there. He wasn't able to go to vote anyway and I heard nothing about a postal vote. I really don't think he was capable of knowing where he put a cross or what it was for quite honestly, so it would have been pointless anyway.
     
  14. nellbelles

    nellbelles Volunteer Host

    Nov 6, 2008
    8,221
    leicester
    Toms postal vote also arrived!
     
  15. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,659
    Kent
    Dhiren's postal vote didn't come but I got two.
     
  16. 2jays

    2jays Registered User

    Jun 4, 2010
    11,477
    West Midlands
    A member of my family got a voting card for our address and one for where they are living...

    Makes a mockery of the voting system me thinks....




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