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to not vote under these circumstances.

21 replies

gillybeanz · 08/06/2017 14:36

had to be away from home today, getting bus back that will be in time for work at 4pm, can't get back sooner, dropped off outside work.
Work is about a mile from where I vote.

Friend just called to say that over time that had been suspeneded is now available and they'll be calling me.

Haven't voted yet and it will take me past the 10pm closing time.
I need the money desperately, plus if you turn them down they don't always ask again.

I am in a safe seat will always be labour, and i vote labour.
I'm not sure what to do, it's £50 that I could really do with.

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BlossomCat · 08/06/2017 14:38

In those circumstances, I'd do the overtime.

ffauxlivia · 08/06/2017 14:38

Is there someone at work who could drive you to the polling station during a break?

BandeauSally · 08/06/2017 14:39

Take the overtime!

user1489434024 · 08/06/2017 14:42

Vote!! It's mega important. Please try to vote.

AmenacingWhistle · 08/06/2017 14:42

If you are in a labour safe seat (as I am, same MP for over 20 years) I wouldn't feel to bad about not voting. £50 is a lot of money when you haven't got it. I say this as someone that encourages everyone to use their vote.

MrsTerryPratchett · 08/06/2017 14:43

Tell yourself you will definitely get a postal vote next time and take the overtime.

Of course if someone else gets in in your area you'll never forgive yourself Grin

Derekmorganwasinmybed · 08/06/2017 14:43

Take the overtime!

gillybeanz · 08/06/2017 14:43

It's only 4 hours usually so won't get a break and as we live so near anyone in our area all walk home together.
I wish i'd gone this morning but not awake enough at 7am and had no doubt would be able to go at 8pm when i would have finished.
Arghhhh!
I do know that labour will be in again in our area as it's never been anything else, ever.

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SentientCushion · 08/06/2017 14:44

Can you not vote by proxy, I think you can do that before 5pm

steppedonlego · 08/06/2017 14:46

Tell them you'll come in if someone can nip you out in the car to vote. Shouldn't take long.

DeanKoontz · 08/06/2017 14:48

You can still arrange a vote by proxy up till 5pm

implantsandaDyson · 08/06/2017 14:51

Work the overtime - £50 is a lot of money & the issue of not being asked again if you refuse is a big one (it happens in my husbands job).

peachgreen · 08/06/2017 14:58

You shouldn't have said who you're voting for, OP - that will influence people's answers! Wink

Get someone to vote by proxy for you, as DeanKoontz said.

MaidOfStars · 08/06/2017 15:00

A possible alternative option. Do you know anyone who was definitely not going to bother voting, who might go and use theirs to vote for your party? Not ideal but people vote swap across different constituencies, why not within the same one?

CheerfulMuddler · 08/06/2017 15:12

Call your local Labour party and explain the situation. They should be able to send someone to drive you to the polling station and back. Or, as others have said, get someone to vote for you by proxy - work is a valid reason to get a proxy vote.

I don't think you should turn down the overtime. But I think you should investigate other options that would let you vote as well.

sweetbitter · 08/06/2017 15:12

I think if you're in a safe seat, do the overtime. Surely even Corbyn would tell you to.!

gillybeanz · 08/06/2017 15:14

Some great ideas.
My ds2 is still yet to vote, can I download one of the proxy forms for work and get him to take it with him?

Have checked, the MP's for our area have been known to die in office and been labour since 1918.
Then it was just one blip at the end of the war and was labour before this too.

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gillybeanz · 08/06/2017 15:18

I'm in Wigan, it's a sea of red everywhere Grin

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LadySalmakia · 08/06/2017 15:18

I think under the circumstances you would forgive yourself for not voting - £50 is £50, but I urge you to phone the various local parties and find out if anyone is offering lifts - you'll probably find you can be whizzed there and back no problem.

You don't have to vote for the party that gives you a lift, either, people who are doing that are usually just there to get the voters out, not for partisan reasons. (Well except that Labour voters are slightly less likely to have a car, or be less mobile for whatever reason).

emsiewill · 08/06/2017 15:37

My local mp (labour but I'm sure all the parties do it) has a number posted on Facebook for people to call if they need a lift. Have a look & see if yours has done the same?

dustmotesinthesun · 08/06/2017 15:45

Get someone to vote on your behalf. But yes in your shoes i'd take the overtime

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