Watching the wheels of democracy in action  as a polling clerk

Tomorrow I am looking forward to being a polling clerk at my local polling station for the General Election. I have never done this before. I think it will be interesting and and I am quite excited!

As you know, I rarely refuse an opportunity to make some extra cash and this will go towards our week in Wales next month. It is a looooong day though: 6 am until 10 pm, so don’t expect a blog post! When I arrive I have to help set up the room and voting booths, get the signs out, then check voters in and give them a voting slip. Enough food is required to last me the day, so I popped into Asda last night as I pass it on the way back from work and bought a large salad, chicken drumsticks, some sausage rolls, juice and fruit. I also need to provide my own mug, milk and teabags. They do this stuff on the cheap!!

It’s another side hustle but, of course, this kind of opportunity doesn’t arise too often 😀.

Politically disengaged

I try to avoid being too political on this blog. Apart from working at the polls, I am finding the process quite depressing. I feel pretty disengaged for the first time ever and  have been avoiding the news and most of the debate. I have heard it all before! Truth be told, I’m not really happy with any of the potential candidates.

I will vote though. I think we have a duty. There are many places in the world where people don’t get a say. Democracy may not be perfect but it is the best option. So, if you can vote, make sure you do!

11 thoughts on “Watching the wheels of democracy in action  as a polling clerk

  1. sue cuthbert

    Hope you are busy at your polling station. I’ve done it several times and it is a VERY Loooooooonnnnnnnggggg day if it’s quiet.And usually not very warm first thing either. I can’t get up early enough now! and sitting upright all day does my back in.Good money though if you can survive it! Take plenty to eat and drink and read!

  2. Tania

    I will be voting but I do get annoyed that is isn’t anonymous and every vote can be tracked back to the person who made it. It will because long day for you but as you say it will give you extra money for holidays.

  3. Bee

    How can it possibly be right to give my vote to anyone when I think they are all idiots!!!? Not in my name I’m afraid. Democracy shouldn’t mean voting for candidates that are thrown up by the lowest common denominator. Give me a proper choice and then I will tick a box. Do I think I could run the country and do better? No but I don’t suggest I can and you need money to get backing anyway. It’s not as bad as the US but without money to back you, any would be candidate has no chance to make it through.

    Surely though there are better options than the ones we have? Until then I shall stay at home. I couldn’t in all consciousness give my vote to any candidate that we have representing my area. They all support the nuclear power industry and I never will. No one will make a stand locally as it gives jobs in the area. It should be about principles not money and a need to get power at any cost. Short term jobs, but long term catastrophe perhaps. It matters to me very much so no, no voting here for a short sighted view (in my opinion).

    My opinion is unrepresented. How can I vote? Who would I vote for? I have read all the literature I have been sent and they all compromise me too much. So what about duty to me as a citizen to give me someone that I can vote for with an easy conscience? I don’t get that it is my duty to vote against my beliefs.

    I am always told at the poling station that voting is anonymous, it isn’t of course, as the numbers on the voting slip can be tallied with your details. I get told that no one would ever do that, and they probably won’t. Fact is they could. It doesn’t matter in our current political climate but who is to say when a past vote may be used against you by a less than benign political regime of the future? Big brother increasingly watches us, so I don’t think it is too paranoid to think about such things. People have been made to ‘disappear’ in other countries for holding the ‘wrong’ political views and it is not so far fetched to imagine it happening here one day. I think we should have a genuinely anonymous system.

    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      I will choose the least worst, although I agree there isn’t a great deal to hope for. I think a lot of people feel this way

  4. Debbie

    I didn’t vote for Trump or Hilary. I voted for a third party. Someone from Canada asked me if we weren’t a two party system. I had to tell them that we’re treated as such but we have many others to choose from. Democracy may be the best there is, but it has a long way to go, in my opinion. I do feel that voting is a privilege we shouldn’t ignore. I tell my grown children that if they don’t vote they can’t complain. Ignoring it does not make it better.

  5. Nichola O'Callaghan

    I will and always vote. My vote wouldn’t make a difference in my borough as the same party wins time and time again, very frustrating. I couldn’t call it for prime minister though, this time last week I was sure we would have a conservative government but Mr Corbyn has become very popular this last week, I think it could swing in his favour. Will be a long night waiting! Good luck for your day, sounds fun.

  6. Julia

    For the first time in a long time I feel we DO have a choice and I’m fervently hoping that others do as well, and that them going out to vote this time could well make a big difference.
    I’m in a marginal seat, and while it’s always pretty close our MP has held it for 20+ years. He’s very good, but has had to keep fighting for it. Not a bad thing – stops them from becoming complacent.

    Hope you took a good book with you Jane! 😀

  7. saraband

    It’s been suggested that, rather than not vote at all, it would be better to spoil the ballot paper so that at least that would register as a protest vote.

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