From now until Election Day we will be concentrating on the when, where, how and, of course, the who of Election 2015!
So let’s start with…
Election Day is Thursday 7 May 2015
Hersham residents will have the chance to go to the polls for both the UK Parliamentary Election, for the Esher and Walton Parliamentary constituency, as well as the Borough Council Elections for Hersham North or Hersham South wards. The Formal notices are available to download below:
A bit of ‘When’ Trivia – Why are Elections always held on a Thursday?
It’s said the reason why Elections are always held on a Thursday is because on Fridays the voters were paid their wages and if they went for a drink in a public house they would be subject to pressure from the Conservative brewing interests, while on Sundays they would be subject to influence by Free Church ministers who were generally Liberal in persuasion. Therefore they chose the day furthest from influence by either publicans or Free Church clergymen, was Thursday.
This should be a simple one..but before we get to that, here is some important information from EBC:
- Polling stations are open from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
- You will be sent a poll card before each election telling you where your polling station is.
- You do not have to bring the poll card with you but it will save time if you do.
So, where are the Polling Stations?
Hersham North (West)
Hersham Sports and Social Club (formerly Comrades Club), 128 Hersham Road, Hersham, KT12 5QL
Hersham South (East)
Hersham Village Hall, Queens Road, Hersham, KT12 5LT
Hersham South (West)
The Conservatory, Whiteley Village, Octagon Road, Hersham, KT12 4EH
Those are just the Polling Stations for Hersham, a full list is available to download here (Remember, you have to go to your designated Polling station as detailed on your Polling Card):
Some Polling Station Trivia:
You can take your dog to the polling station as long as ‘Rover’ doesn’t disrupt the vote (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8661984.stm). The Electoral Commission gives furry friends the thumbs up in an “accompanying” role. Anyone with two or more dogs can ask polling station staff to look after them during the voting process. If you’re planning to ride to cast your vote, please note horses and ponies do need to be secured outside the station.
Apparently having a few beers before you head to the polling station is acceptable. The Beeb says polling staff can’t turn away drunk voters (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8661984). Don’t get absolutely hammered though — if you appear incapable of casting a vote, you will have to answer a series of questions in order to prove you are capable. If you fail, apparently you’ll be told to come back when you’ve sobered up.
The important detail below is taken directly from the EBC website and is aimed at Hersham North and Hersham South Residents (other elections are ongoing in different areas so please check your own):
“Always read the instructions for filling in the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before.
The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name, party logo (if any).
You are able to vote for:
- one candidate at the UK Parliamentary Election. Simply put an X (a cross) next to your choice on the white ballot paper.
- one candidate at the Elmbridge Borough Council Election. Simply put an X (a cross) next to the candidate that you wish to vote for on the lilac ballot paper”
Less Serious ‘How’ stuff:
You don’t have to vote with an “x.”
Although the official guidance is to place an “x” in the square next to the name of the candidate you wish to vote for, you can cast your vote with a tick, a number, even, in theory a smiley face (Though I probably wouldn’t recommend testing this theory just in case!). The Electoral Commission says papers will not be voided, and will go toward the final count as long as “the voter’s intention is clear on a ballot paper” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/).
Yes, but she doesn’t. The Queen’s official website explains (https://www.royal.gov.uk/MonarchUK/QueenandGovernment/Queenandvoting.aspx) : “Although the law relating to elections does not specifically prohibit the Sovereign from voting in a general election or local election, it is considered unconstitutional for the Sovereign and his or her heir to do so. As Head of State, The Queen must remain politically neutral, since her Government will be formed from whichever party can command a majority in the House of Commons.”
Though what would actually happen if Her Majesty were to queue in the rain to vote only to get turned away is anyones guess…
As you can see, we’ve taken a fairly light hearted approach to what is undoubtedly a very serious occasion. There are many, many websites out there which will give sharper political insights, statistics and scenarios, we’ve included a couple of good links here, as well as a couple from the EBC Website:
So that’s the fun stuff (sort of) out of the way……now to the very, very serious business of…
We asked all the main candidates whether they would be interested in sending us some personal profile information and details of their manifesto.
Follow the links below to see their individual responses (they are listed in order of reply received):
Parliamentary Election Candidates:
Hersham North Borough Council Election Candidates
Hersham South Borough Council Election Candidates