Join the Mullans in 7 days and say #Yes2AV

28 Apr

It is just seven days until the polls open and among other things we get a chance to change the way we elect our MPs. Ordinary voters all across Northern Ireland will be turning out to say Yes! people like the Mullan family from Portrush.

The Mullans preparing to say Yes! next Thursday

The Mullans may be voting in different ways on their ballot papers for the Assembly and Council elections next Thursday, but they agree on how they will vote on the AV referendum.

“We’re from different political persuasions, but we’re united in the belief that the current system needs reform.  We need to make the system to elect MPs fairer.  That is why we are supporting YES!

“At the last election, only three Northern Ireland MPs were elected on over 50% of the vote.  This means that far too many of our voices aren’t counted, something which a YES! vote will change.  It’s also easy to use, we’re already used to preferential voting here in NI, it’s as simple as 1,2,3.

“By voting YES! we will be giving ourselves a stronger voice in elections, because if your favourite doesn’t win, you can still have a say in who does – no more all or nothing.  It’s a small, progressive change which will lead to a big difference to our politics.”

Why not join with the Mullans and thousands of others in Northern Ireland and say Yes! next Thursday, 5th May. Polls are open from 7am until 10 pm.

Remember to vote in Northern Ireland you need to take your ID with you on polling day

  • A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photographic part)
  • A UK, Irish or EU passport
  • An electoral identity card
  • A Translink Senior SmartPass
  • A Translink 60+ SmartPass
  • A Translink War Disabled SmartPass
  • A Translink Blind Person’s SmartPass
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4 Responses to “Join the Mullans in 7 days and say #Yes2AV”

  1. Borghert Jan Borghmans April 28, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    It would be fairer if EU passport holders resident in NI could vote in the referendum and in Westminster Elections. I live here, work here, pay taxes here. But I have no say on how my tax money is spent… It’s not right!

    • fairervotesbelfast April 28, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Sadly that is an issue that still needs to be addressed for those from the EU with right to reside indefinitely but not the rght to vote in the Westminster elections, when they can vote in devolved, local authority and european elections. However, that is not an issue that can be resolved in this referendum.

  2. Borghert Jan Borghmans April 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    My reason for bringing the issue to your attention is two-fold: 1. Prisoners have won the right to vote and despite foot-dragging by the present government the UK will have to comply with EU legislation. Why should prisoners be more privileged than me?
    2. Once the referendum is done, the campaign for fairer votes may want to address other unfair electoral practices such as denying EU-citizens resident in the UK the right to vote in Westminster elections. Years back I voted for the forum, and this led to the Referendum on the Good Friday Agreement. I couldn’t express my will on that question. But having established the NI Assembly I could vote who sits in that chamber. Where’s the logic in that?

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