The AV referendum today - polling stations

"I checked it very thoroughly," said the computer, "and that quite definitely is the answer. I think the problem, to be quite honest with you, is that you've never actually known what the question is."
- Deep Thought in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.
- Kurt Vonnegut

If you're thinking about voting in the referendum on AV here's the list of polling stations in Lewisham.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Smash the mung - vote for AV

Hugh said...

Av it.

Anonymous said...

Cant wait to see what % of people vote.

qbf said...

Vote YES!

confused? said...

I shall be voting AV first choice.

First past the post, second choice....

Mb said...

Hugh, a keen cyclist and AV suporter! always new he was a secret mung beaner.

Vote yes, it'll annoy Lou.

Hugh said...

If I can be bothered to vote I'll vote for AV. People say it means endless coalitions but I don't recall them displaying enduring love for governments voted in the other way.

How are our votes counted, by the way?

Tressilliana said...

Smash the mung? Is this in English?

I will be voting Yes later today.

Headhunter said...

What time do the polling stations close?

biff bifferson said...

i think its a bit ripe they're asking what we want. cant they decide ANYTHING?
last time at the locals i voted green for my second vote because the candidate was good looking. i offset that by voting a labour pigman first. possibly bullock, i forget.

D said...

HH - They close at 10 (you need to have been given your polling card by then otherwise they wont let you vote.

speccy four-eyes said...

Are some people seeing irony in the fact that the votes in the AV referendum are counted on a first past the post basis? At the risk of stating the bleedin' obvious, it's not ironic, just the only logical possibility where you are limited to two options. AV is only relevant where you have >2 options. But I'm sure you realised that already.

Headhunter said...

You've answered your own question there, if there are only 2 possible ways of voting, then AV is irrelevant...

Tamsin said...

You don't need the polling card - some don't seem to have been delivered - just confirm your name and address.

The polling station for part of Telegraph Hill has changed from being in the Haberdashers School by the Pepys roundabout to the Children's Centre building on Wallbutton Road. So a bit annoying that we didn't get our cards - went to the wrong place first.

Politics Geek said...

I think D meant you had to have been handed your ballot paper by 10pm, not the polling card.

Anonymous said...

I'll vote for any system, as long as it minimises the possibility of a Mung Parliament.

Seriously though why should loonie voters, whether BNP, UKIP or Mungbean get two votes, when labour voters around here will ever only get one? Perhaps it should be called ALV.

No votes for the intellectually challenged. said...

I was going to reply to that but sounds like anything more complex than scrawling an X in the box would cause an intelectual crisis so I'm leaving him be. I doubt he'll find his way to the polling station anyway.

Kon Fused said...

I have voted 1 for the existing and 2 for AV.

max said...

If AV wins they will have to distribute free Ritalin before elections.

Slimer said...

Got my 'No' vote in this morning in a bid to save British politics from sliding even further to the left. Judging by the number of people crossed off the list and the bored expressions on the faces of the officials I'd say we're in for a depressingly low turnout.

Anonymous said...

I put a cross for my first preference and a tick for my second. Hope that's right - this AV thing is soooo complicated...

Bored and tired said...

I can't believe that you can just turn up and give your name and address (yours, they assume) and get given a ballot paper. I have to jump through more hoops to pick up a parcel from the post office. It would be soooo easy to vote twice or more. All you need is your neighbour's name.

Monkeyboy said...

Isnt the point of a voting system an attempt to reflect the prevailing view of the electorate and produce a legitimate parliament? I guess labour and conservative having massive majorities with thirty odd percent of the poular vote is bettr after all. This democracy caper is SOOO complicated, when does dancing on ice start?.

Mb said...

Bored and tired, it does seem remarkably casual I've always thought....

By the way YES TO AV.....

Anonymous said...

YES to AV!

I am scandalised that I could have gone to vote for my neighbours this morning...

Bobblekin said...

YES to proportional representation.

NO to AV which is disproportional towards the second preference of minority parties.

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

I would have preferred to vote for proper PR but the advocates on for no change - the conservatives - only allowed the Lib Dems AV as a option.

When the inevitable NO vote comes through they can say there is no appetite for change.

I'm afraid FPTP is here for the
rest of my lifetime.

Tamsin said...

An abysmal turnout. Those staffing the polling stations were crawling up the walls with boredom and by late afternoon, in one of them, had managed to get through one and a half of the dozen books of voting slips they had.

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