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to ask did you vote in the police commissioner elections

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McChristmasPants2012 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:12:17

And if you didn't why not. ( England and wales only)

cardibach Thu 15-Nov-12 20:14:50

I went to the poloing station as I feel it is my civic duty to do so. However, I disagree with the whole idea, so spoiled my ballot paper. I wrote Do Not Want and put a cross by that. THis is the first time I have ever failed to cast a valid vote in any election since I was 18. Feeling deeply disenfranchised at the moment.

SecretNutellaFix Thu 15-Nov-12 20:14:51

I didn't vote. I didn't know anything about any of the candidates, it wasn't particularly well publicised and it isn't actually going to make any difference at all. There isn't enough money in the pot to go around, and electing police commissioners isn't going to change all that.

zlist Thu 15-Nov-12 20:16:10


It has already been done here

and here

gordyslovesheep Thu 15-Nov-12 20:16:27

yes I did

McChristmasPants2012 Thu 15-Nov-12 20:17:23

sorry zlist, i did look but must of missed it

Bunbaker Thu 15-Nov-12 20:19:27

No, I forgot.

Tweasels Thu 15-Nov-12 20:20:06

I did and so should've the rest of you.

TheFallenMadonna Thu 15-Nov-12 20:21:00

I did vote. I always use my vote.

But I am unconvinced by what I am voting in.

picturesinthefirelight Thu 15-Nov-12 20:55:50

No I didn't because until the beginning of the week I had no idea there were elections and I don't know who is standing or what it's all about.

IloveJudgeJudy Thu 15-Nov-12 20:56:31

Like cardi I spoilt my paper on purpose for the first time since I reached my majority. I felt bad, but really didn't know who to vote for. What a waste of time and effort.

TellyRotsYourBrain Thu 15-Nov-12 20:58:11

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LunaticFringe Thu 15-Nov-12 21:00:14

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TheWheelies Thu 15-Nov-12 21:00:39

I didn't vote because I didn't believe there was any sound basis on which to choose. The coalition government - both parties - reneged on issues they vowed before election they would uphold. There is nobody that can be trusted to do what they say they will. It's an odd democracy we live in. I feel really really bad for not using a vote that people have fought to ensure I have. But I don't feel I can cast it with any faith in what the candidates say anymore.

Pandemoniaa Thu 15-Nov-12 21:01:52

I voted and spoilt my ballot paper. Although I did try and make it an articulate despoilment.

juneybean Thu 15-Nov-12 21:03:13

I did by postal vote last week but now can't remember who I picked blush

OddBoots Thu 15-Nov-12 21:07:45

I voted, not because I believe in this particular election but I believe I have a responsibility to vote for the candidates closest to my political view when they are standing against an extremist candidate.

germyrabbit Thu 15-Nov-12 21:09:13

why does the police 'commissioner' remind me of hong kong phooey?

rempy Thu 15-Nov-12 21:11:22

I spoilt my postal ballot. It's the first time ever I've not voted. DH did the same.

Because we haven't had any information, because of the bollocks about a totally clean record required excluding good candidates, because of the dominance of party politicians, rather than actual local people (or people with an understanding of how the police force or other public service actually works).

blondieminx Thu 15-Nov-12 21:11:56

I did! Put the "choose my PCC" link up on my fb page first thing this morning about the candidates too, so others could find out about the candidates in their area.

I tweeted the police guy standing in our area about treatment of abuse/sex crimes (its an important issue to me, post-Savile) and got such a wishy washy response that he lost my vote sad

noisytoys Thu 15-Nov-12 21:13:23

I voted grin

RaspberrysAndIcecream Thu 15-Nov-12 21:14:14

I didn't. First time ever that I haven't voted.

But - I knew nothing about any of the candidates, and apart from a bit on the news about the fact that there was an election, if I hadn't got my voting form, I don't think I'd have known that there was one.

I hadn't thought about spoiling my ballot paper.

treas Thu 15-Nov-12 21:14:38

Job should go to the person best for the job - it shouldn't be a popularity contest.

BitchyHen Thu 15-Nov-12 21:15:16

I cast my postal vote earlier in the week.

blanksquit Thu 15-Nov-12 21:25:53

Yes. Looked up on the internet and read the different candidates' profiles. Massive difference in their levels of relevant experience - I'm glad I did.

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