Tag Archives: Voting

Yet more cats say #Yes2AV

28 Apr

Having been shown the video below

we’ve also found another cat’s take on Humans and Voting.

The humans are thinking about changing the way they elect their MPs. At the moment, they use a simple system called first past the post. Everyone has one vote, and they get to vote for who they want their MP to be. The person with the most votes wins.

That might sound simple (and sometimes I think that humans need to keep things very simple) but it does cause problems. (read the rest here)

King Taddle in the Weekly Taddlegraph

South Belfast voters are saying YES! to Fairer Votes

21 Apr
10,000 voter of the YES! campaign

South Belfast voter Andrew Liggins says YES! to Fairer Votes.

As you will see from here and other places online, the YES! campaign in Northern Ireland has been the length and breadth of the province – from Enniskillen, to Armagh, Belfast, Londonderry/Derry, Coleraine, Portrush as well as making the trip to Rathlin Island.

Today the campaign is out and about in South Belfast connecting with local voters including Andrew Liggins who said he is voting YES!

On May 5th Andrew’s MP, Alistair McDonnell who is a member of the SDLP will be voting YES as well. This will mean that in the next election he will need to get more than 50% of the vote to be elected.

If you would like to get more involved, please visit yesni.info

Belfast Says Yes!

4 Apr
Belfast Says Yes!

Banner drop outside Belfast City Hall (Picture by Phil O'Kane: Used with Permission)

Once upon a time, not so long ago a very different message looked down on Belfast shoppers from the front of City Hall. But on Saturday local activists unveiled a different and new message to the lunchtime crowd, “Belfast says Yes!”. We also were not doing this alone over Saturday and Sunday in over 100 locations across the UK fellow activists for fairer votes were doing exactly the same.

Many stopped and took photos on their phones, taxi drivers on the rank opposite tooted their horns in agreement and many people said it was about time for people in Belfast to be positive about something.

At the last election only one of the four Belfast seats returned an MP with over 50% of the votes behind them, and he had abandoned them for a seat elsewhere. So of course the people of Belfast are wanting MPs that will work hard, reaching out beyond their core support.

Northern Ireland Organiser Stephen Glenn said:

“It was great to see the positive response from passers-by this afternoon. Belfast and Northern Irish voters understand the unfairness of First Past the Post, many of them can’t understand why we still have it for Westminster when they use their preferences to produce fair devolved and local government.

“As people were saying today it is about time people here were positive about something. It is good to see as we head into the final weeks so secure a Yes vote on 5th May.”

A Yes vote in the referendum on the 5th May will lead to hard-working MPs looking out for the concerns of their constituents as they strive to get and keep the support of over 50%. It will also do away with you, the voter, having to maybe lend your only preference to a party you may not necessarily agree with most just to stop someone else getting it. Voting yes means you can rank your candidates in order of preference for Westminster too.

you can still vote #yes2av if you’re not here on May 5th

21 Mar

Whilst out and about over the last few weeks many local people have told me that they won’t be here on May 5th and so won’t be able to vote in the Referendum. Of course, this is not true.

If you are going to be away from Northern Ireland, whether as a student, or away on holiday, or working away from home, and are registered to vote, you can apply for a postal or proxy ballot.

Contact the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland to get the form.

Some frequently asked questions about Postal and Proxy voting

Can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

If you are listed on the electoral register and you cannot reasonably be expected to vote in person at your polling station, you can apply to vote by post or proxy. The Deputy Returning Officer for your area will decide if the application is approved on those grounds.

When do I have to return my application by?

The deadline for the return of completed applications for the elections and referendum on 5 May is 5.00pm on 11 April 2011.

Will one application cover both elections and the referendum?

Yes, you only need to submit one application for both elections and the referendum.

Can anyone be a proxy? Do they have to be listed on the register?

Your proxy must be aged 18 or over and be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European citizen (note: a European citizen cannot act as your proxy for the referendum). They do not have to be listed on the electoral register.

A person can only be the proxy for close relatives (husband, wife, civil partner, child, grandchild, brother, sister, parent or grandparent) and up to two other people at the same election.

My proxy won’t be able to make to the polling station on polling day – can he apply for a postal vote?

Yes he can apply for a postal vote up until 5.00pm on 11 April.

What identity does a proxy voter have to produce at the polling station?

They will have to produce one of the following identity documents:

  • 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

Can I email/fax my application to you?

No, we require an original signature so cannot accept applications by email or fax.

Can I apply for an absent vote at an Area Electoral Office?

You can obtain the form from the Area Electoral Office but you will need to go and get it attested and then return with your application. We advise you to download the form from our website and get it fully completed before leaving it in to an Area Electoral Office.

When will I receive my postal vote?

Your postal vote will be issued from 19-21 April.

from EONI.org.uk

give some time to make a call to give yourself a stronger voice

4 Dec
Fair Votes Now

Image by London Permaculture via Flickr

Today the Northern Ireland campaign team was attending the Ulster Unionist Conference in the Ramada Hotel in Belfast, meeting MLAs, councillors and members.

In other parts of the United Kingdom, the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign was launching its first wave of 50 phonebanks across the country.

The phonebanking operation constitutes the most ambitious direct voter contact programme in British political history and we are aiming to speak to more voters than all the political parties did combined at the general election.

This grassroots led strategy is reliant upon normal people volunteering an hour or two a month of their time to call over voters and persuade them to vote yes. So far the campaign has had over 140,000 people sign up to help and they expect this to increase dramatically as the campaign gathers pace.

If you are able to give up any of your time to help out, click here to sign up and the regional organiser in your area will be in touch to arrange a time that suits you. Don’t worry if you don’t live near a major town or city, as they also plan to launch their virtual phonebank in mid-December, so you will soon be able to help out from the comfort of your own home.