POLL: Will you vote in tomorrow's elections?

This Is Wiltshire: POLL: Will you vote in tomorrow's elections? POLL: Will you vote in tomorrow's elections?

IN LAST week's poll we asked whether you would be voting in the May 22 elections - and received a mixed response.

Has a further week of campaigning and media coverage made any difference?

Have you been inspired to visit the polling station tomorrow? Or turned off by what candidates have said?

Vote below and feel free to leave your comments in the designated section.

You can see the full list of candidates in each Swindon ward plus those standing in the European Parliamentary here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12:05pm Wed 21 May 14

swindondad says...

I have voted in every election (local, national and EU) since I turned 18.

I consider it my duty as well as my right to vote.

IMHO those who have the vote but do not use it have no right to complain about what those in power do. That may sound harsh but it is how I feel.
I have voted in every election (local, national and EU) since I turned 18. I consider it my duty as well as my right to vote. IMHO those who have the vote but do not use it have no right to complain about what those in power do. That may sound harsh but it is how I feel. swindondad
  • Score: 10

12:12pm Wed 21 May 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

swindondad wrote:
I have voted in every election (local, national and EU) since I turned 18.

I consider it my duty as well as my right to vote.

IMHO those who have the vote but do not use it have no right to complain about what those in power do. That may sound harsh but it is how I feel.
I am the same.

I also feel that people should have to demonstrate a degree of knowledge on the policies of the candidates. Far too many turn up and vote for someone based on the colour of the rosette and have no idea of the policies behind it.
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: I have voted in every election (local, national and EU) since I turned 18. I consider it my duty as well as my right to vote. IMHO those who have the vote but do not use it have no right to complain about what those in power do. That may sound harsh but it is how I feel.[/p][/quote]I am the same. I also feel that people should have to demonstrate a degree of knowledge on the policies of the candidates. Far too many turn up and vote for someone based on the colour of the rosette and have no idea of the policies behind it. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 4

12:38pm Wed 21 May 14

ChannelX says...

@swindondad: agreed. Too many people fought (and died) for our right to vote for us to not bother.

Those who do not vote but then whinge about those in power do have every right to complain, but have little right to expect to be taken seriously.

I shall be out voting tomorrow, doing my bit to help ensue the Labour scourge are kept out of my ward.
@swindondad: agreed. Too many people fought (and died) for our right to vote for us to not bother. Those who do not vote but then whinge about those in power do have every right to complain, but have little right to expect to be taken seriously. I shall be out voting tomorrow, doing my bit to help ensue the Labour scourge are kept out of my ward. ChannelX
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Wed 21 May 14

house on the hill says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
swindondad wrote:
I have voted in every election (local, national and EU) since I turned 18.

I consider it my duty as well as my right to vote.

IMHO those who have the vote but do not use it have no right to complain about what those in power do. That may sound harsh but it is how I feel.
I am the same.

I also feel that people should have to demonstrate a degree of knowledge on the policies of the candidates. Far too many turn up and vote for someone based on the colour of the rosette and have no idea of the policies behind it.
Totally agree and good luck with that. it is estimated less than 1 in 10 who vote could get even close to telling you in any detail what the manifesto of the party was. But as the winning party can go in and just tear it up on day 1, does it really matter? And more than a few have no idea who the candidate even is, they just look for a party and put their mark next to it.

I know there are those who argue that everyone should vote and people died to ensure we all can but lets look at some facts. Hands up all those who voted for a coalition Govt at the last election? Er, that would be none? so we all voted and finished up with a Govt that not one single person voted for! Is that really a system that people feel comfortable with? Or that none of the candidates have to have any ability, knowledge, experience or even a brain cell, they just need to be elected! For me a non vote is a statement that i don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country and that the system needs changing before we really do bankrupt the country. Would you want your brain surgeon to be elected on popularity or to be qualified and have experience and actually know what he is doing? Too many idiots end up in politics and do more harm than good.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: I have voted in every election (local, national and EU) since I turned 18. I consider it my duty as well as my right to vote. IMHO those who have the vote but do not use it have no right to complain about what those in power do. That may sound harsh but it is how I feel.[/p][/quote]I am the same. I also feel that people should have to demonstrate a degree of knowledge on the policies of the candidates. Far too many turn up and vote for someone based on the colour of the rosette and have no idea of the policies behind it.[/p][/quote]Totally agree and good luck with that. it is estimated less than 1 in 10 who vote could get even close to telling you in any detail what the manifesto of the party was. But as the winning party can go in and just tear it up on day 1, does it really matter? And more than a few have no idea who the candidate even is, they just look for a party and put their mark next to it. I know there are those who argue that everyone should vote and people died to ensure we all can but lets look at some facts. Hands up all those who voted for a coalition Govt at the last election? Er, that would be none? so we all voted and finished up with a Govt that not one single person voted for! Is that really a system that people feel comfortable with? Or that none of the candidates have to have any ability, knowledge, experience or even a brain cell, they just need to be elected! For me a non vote is a statement that i don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country and that the system needs changing before we really do bankrupt the country. Would you want your brain surgeon to be elected on popularity or to be qualified and have experience and actually know what he is doing? Too many idiots end up in politics and do more harm than good. house on the hill
  • Score: 4

2:26pm Wed 21 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

I will vote in the local election. Not the European one.
I'm hoping swindon folk will go out and show our awful council what they think of them.
I will vote in the local election. Not the European one. I'm hoping swindon folk will go out and show our awful council what they think of them. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 3

5:24pm Wed 21 May 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

I believe that the "Fruitcakes" will be out in force tomorrow to cause a major shock to the traditional parties, and good luck to them !
I believe that the "Fruitcakes" will be out in force tomorrow to cause a major shock to the traditional parties, and good luck to them ! Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Wed 21 May 14

keyboardcapers says...

I have always believed Politics should not be a career but an act of public service! Therefore, we should move towards a body of voters that have worked all their lives and know how to put their house in order. In fact a change in policy where we need to implement a parliament that consists of candidates who resemble the electorate at large, not for more corporate executives or high flying professionals that have no idea of running our country.
I have always believed Politics should not be a career but an act of public service! Therefore, we should move towards a body of voters that have worked all their lives and know how to put their house in order. In fact a change in policy where we need to implement a parliament that consists of candidates who resemble the electorate at large, not for more corporate executives or high flying professionals that have no idea of running our country. keyboardcapers
  • Score: 1

7:54pm Wed 21 May 14

fuzzey says...

Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot . fuzzey
  • Score: 2

8:09pm Wed 21 May 14

ChannelX says...

fuzzey wrote:
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away?

Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?
[quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .[/p][/quote]Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away? Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste? ChannelX
  • Score: -4

8:19pm Wed 21 May 14

umpcah says...

ChannelX wrote:
fuzzey wrote:
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away?

Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?
Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .[/p][/quote]Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away? Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?[/p][/quote]Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion. umpcah
  • Score: -3

9:01pm Wed 21 May 14

Blackwell 2 says...

Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.

I doubt many would disagree about the incompetence of the candidates (politically brainwashed, lying egotists, etc), but a better "statement" would be made if you took the effort of visiting the polling station.
Just put a line through the voting slip boxes so that it is void.

All spoiled papers also have to be counted.

You could even write a little comment to amuse the person that counts your "vote"

The more spoiled papers, the stronger the message that people are sick of the way " politicians" conduct themselves
[quote]Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.[/quote] I doubt many would disagree about the incompetence of the candidates (politically brainwashed, lying egotists, etc), but a better "statement" would be made if you took the effort of visiting the polling station. Just put a line through the voting slip boxes so that it is void. All spoiled papers also have to be counted. You could even write a little comment to amuse the person that counts your "vote" The more spoiled papers, the stronger the message that people are sick of the way " politicians" conduct themselves Blackwell 2
  • Score: 0

10:56pm Wed 21 May 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

umpcah wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
fuzzey wrote:
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away?

Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?
Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.
A non vote is laziness and poor attitude. How can you differentiate between a protest non vote and someone who can't be bothered?
Thats right, you can't!

A spoilt ballot paper is an abstention and vote for none of the above as effort was still made to register the protest vote.
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .[/p][/quote]Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away? Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?[/p][/quote]Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.[/p][/quote]A non vote is laziness and poor attitude. How can you differentiate between a protest non vote and someone who can't be bothered? Thats right, you can't! A spoilt ballot paper is an abstention and vote for none of the above as effort was still made to register the protest vote. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: 3

10:58pm Wed 21 May 14

fuzzey says...

ChannelX wrote:
fuzzey wrote:
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away?

Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?
Through sensible savings from consultants bills .senior managements costs .and councillor allowances .
[quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .[/p][/quote]Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away? Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?[/p][/quote]Through sensible savings from consultants bills .senior managements costs .and councillor allowances . fuzzey
  • Score: 4

8:07am Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

fuzzey wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
fuzzey wrote:
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away?

Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?
Through sensible savings from consultants bills .senior managements costs .and councillor allowances .
So, in other words, it WILL be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste.
[quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .[/p][/quote]Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away? Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?[/p][/quote]Through sensible savings from consultants bills .senior managements costs .and councillor allowances .[/p][/quote]So, in other words, it WILL be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste. ChannelX
  • Score: -1

8:08am Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

Blackwell 2 wrote:
Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.

I doubt many would disagree about the incompetence of the candidates (politically brainwashed, lying egotists, etc), but a better "statement" would be made if you took the effort of visiting the polling station.
Just put a line through the voting slip boxes so that it is void.

All spoiled papers also have to be counted.

You could even write a little comment to amuse the person that counts your "vote"

The more spoiled papers, the stronger the message that people are sick of the way " politicians" conduct themselves
I doubt you could write anything that would 'amuse' anyone but yourself.

BTW, politicians love spoiled ballot papers, it means they actual votes they receive count even more.

Politicians couldn't care less how many spoiled ballet papers there are, as long as one of them isn't and contains a vote for them.
[quote][p][bold]Blackwell 2[/bold] wrote: [quote]Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.[/quote] I doubt many would disagree about the incompetence of the candidates (politically brainwashed, lying egotists, etc), but a better "statement" would be made if you took the effort of visiting the polling station. Just put a line through the voting slip boxes so that it is void. All spoiled papers also have to be counted. You could even write a little comment to amuse the person that counts your "vote" The more spoiled papers, the stronger the message that people are sick of the way " politicians" conduct themselves[/p][/quote]I doubt you could write anything that would 'amuse' anyone but yourself. BTW, politicians love spoiled ballot papers, it means they actual votes they receive count even more. Politicians couldn't care less how many spoiled ballet papers there are, as long as one of them isn't and contains a vote for them. ChannelX
  • Score: -1

8:11am Thu 22 May 14

ChannelX says...

umpcah wrote:
ChannelX wrote:
fuzzey wrote:
Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .
Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away?

Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?
Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.
Waste collection is vital.

Green waste collection isn't, at all. And if it is very important to you, maybe 75p a month isn't really going to trouble you.

I don't see why I should have to pay towards you having your grass cuttings disposed of when I dispose of mine myself. What makes you think I should help pay for your disposal costs?
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ChannelX[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fuzzey[/bold] wrote: Yes i will be casting my vote tommorow forget the weather and yes i was inspired by the labour leaflet that came through the letter box with a promise to reinstate services already paid for and just randomly taken at considerable cost by the present lot .[/p][/quote]Did the leaflet tell you how Labour would end up paying for your green waste to be taken away? Will it be someone other than you that is forced to foot the bill for the collection of your waste?[/p][/quote]Surely there are a few issues that are more important than collection of waste ? For me , and House on the Hill , a non vote is a statement that we don't think any of the parties are fit to run the country in any way and I consider that`s been proved many times during the last few decades. So my wife and I will abstain from voting on this occasion.[/p][/quote]Waste collection is vital. Green waste collection isn't, at all. And if it is very important to you, maybe 75p a month isn't really going to trouble you. I don't see why I should have to pay towards you having your grass cuttings disposed of when I dispose of mine myself. What makes you think I should help pay for your disposal costs? ChannelX
  • Score: -3

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