June 10th, 2004

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Seem to be a lot of people on my friends list today telling everyone who's eligible to go out & vote in the local & European elections. One of my work colleagues has been doing the same thing (though he bribed us with strawberries, which was a bonus).

I'm not sure about this.

I mean, absolutely, remind everyone that today is polling day (it is possible to have forgotten), & remind them they don't need their polling card to vote etc. Make sure that everyone who wants to vote does so, in other words.

But if someone wasn't planning to vote or was undecided whether to do so or not, and then does so because of peer pressure, it doesn't seem likely they'll be making a very informed choice. I'm not at all sure that voting shouldn't be left to those who care enough to do so without being told.

Interestingly, I'd have less problem with people trying to persuade others to vote for a particular party, because if you sincerely believe they're the best for the job, it makes sense to try as hard as you can to get them elected. It's this 'I don't care who you vote for, just vote' which I'm confused by.

Okay everyone - shoot me down!
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