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5May/112

Reflections on standing outside a polling station

This evening I stood for an hour or so outside my local polling station with a Yes to AV sign and a few fliers. The local campaign had asked me to do this to offer any unsure voters the chance to ask any questions still unresolved for them. The response I got was unexpected...

Whenever I caught someone's eye on their way into the polling station I smiled and politely asked if they still had any unresolved questions about the AV referendum. The majority of voters said, "No, thanks! I've already decided." Fine. A few added a cheeky, "Don't worry, I'll be voting Yes." A few added that they'd already decided to vote No. All fair enough.

However, a significant minority got a little huffy as if I'd said, "I hope you're voting Yes" or "Which way are you planning to vote?" One woman came out after voting and approached me. She said she'd voted Yes and was passionate about it, but was worried that the campaign was using Nazi-like tactics to hassle voters (yes, she used the N-word).

I guess I've learned today that people are extremely protective about their vote. They hold their right to vote dear. The Yes campaign needed to persuade people that AV will not diminish their vote but enhance it. We won't get another chance at this in my lifetime to make this change. I hope they have done enough.

Posted by Mike

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  1. Might it not be less about being protective about one’s vote and more about not wanted to feel hassled, even by your very presence. Clearly you were not shoving ‘yes’ down people’s throats but I imagine that some people are fed up of both the yes and no campaigns, so it’s a straw-that-broke issue.

    Having said that, I think it’s great that people are actually out there showing that this vote matters. Excited to find out the result!

  2. I’ll be extremely surprised (delighted, but surprised) if a Yes is the result.

    The campaign has failed to get momentum and express a clear message across. Fingers crossed though!


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