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It's local election day today in the UK, as well as, as I gather, the London Mayoral election. (Well, actually, as I drafted this it was 'tomorrow', but that's beside the point' - it's today now)

Regular readers will no doubt recall that every time this comes along, I post and remind folks to vote or quit moaning. And a range of comments from 'what he said' to a repost of the Libertarian manifesto usually ensue. So, let's take *that* bit as read, shall we?

I shall be voting today. I have to say that since the last general election I find myself getting progressively more and more pissed off with just about everyone who labels themselves a politician, whatever party they represent. 

I also have to say that I am more than a little disappointed that none of the prospective candidates or their agents have seen fit to pay the Mill House a call and canvas for our votes. This year, I'm not voting on party lines. It's a local election, and quite frankly, I want to vote for the person who appears most likely to give a shit about local issues, and preferably spends as little time as possible badmouthing everyone else and as much time as possible telling me why I should vote *for* them rather than *against* some other party. Various candidates have dropped flyers through the letter box, which do seem to contain some useful information.

So. If you're out there on Twitter, and you're on the ballot to represent me in Werrington South? It's not to late to display some intestinal fortitude and comment on this post. What do I care about? Community issues generally, renewable energy, secondary education, where my council tax is going.... So, c'mon. Convince me you give a toss. I'm so generous, I even disabled comment screening for unauthenticated posters for this one.

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Date: 2012-05-03 10:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grey-lady.livejournal.com
Not on the ballot, so you can't vote for me, sorry....
We've had exactly one doorstep call (from the party that will almost by default win the local election) and nary a flyer from anyone else. A bit disappointing, really.

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Date: 2012-05-03 10:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rinioth.livejournal.com
It's been the same here, not even a leaflet from the other parties. It seems that apathy rules this time.

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Date: 2012-05-03 11:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eoforyth.livejournal.com
We've had nothing, not even a leaflet through the door. I'd have expected something, if only a token one from Labour along the lines of 'Hey, does this mean we might have a chance in this area for once?' or an independant.

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Date: 2012-05-03 11:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aunty_marion
All we've had in London is a single combined leaflet for all the candidates - 2-page spread for each of the mayoral ones, and brief synopses of the Assembly ones. And no doorsteppers at all. (At least, not while I've been at home!)

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Date: 2012-05-03 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bardling.livejournal.com
Have had leaflets here... 3 or 4, IIRC, no doorcalls. Otoh, I'm not keen on doorcalls, so that suits me.

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Date: 2012-05-03 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] antonia-tiger.livejournal.com
The level of publicity here has been minimal. One flyer for the parish council, they're having a by-election after somebody resigned.

It looks as though we don't have any other council election here, this year. But the N. Lincs council website tells me the next election is due in May 2011.

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Date: 2012-05-03 04:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filkerdave.livejournal.com
What, no politicians trying to win your vote by stating actual positions on things and talking about why you should vote for them?

Who do they think they are, Americans?

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Date: 2012-05-03 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] unix-vicky.livejournal.com
As an American, I have to say.... how accurate your statement is.

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Date: 2012-05-03 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] filkerdave.livejournal.com
As an American, I'm depressingly aware how accurate it is :/

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Date: 2012-05-05 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valydiarosada.livejournal.com
We had a few flyers. Most of the informative stuff however came with my postal vote, which was how I found out about the Independent standing for London Mayor, who seems to have done very well in the polls and therefore may be someone to watch out for.

Oh and the Lib Dems wrote to us jointly and got both our names right...

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Date: 2012-05-06 02:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dan-ad-nauseam.livejournal.com
Oregon is in the vote-by-mail primary period.

The presidential ballot, for both parties, is basically decided, but we have some interesting downticket races:

* The 4th District Congressional race (Eugene and southwestern Oregon), in which the major Republican candidate's son is running as a Democrat to try to weaken the incumbent.
* Two vacancies on the Supreme Court, one of them contested between three good candidates (nonpartisan).
* A vacancy on the (intermediate) Court of Appeals, contested between three good candidates (nonpartisan).
* An open race for Attorney General, which drew two very good Democratic candidates and no Republicans.
* An open race for Mayor of Portland (nonpartisan) which has drawn three major candidates currently in an approximate dead heat (and about 30 minor candidates).

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