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You are voting, aren’t you…

With a huge percentage of us not yet decided about who to vote for, I thought I’d (again) pull together all these nifty sites that have popped up during campaigning.

I can’t imagine why someone would not vote.  Especially it seems to me crucial that women do.  Women before us lost their lives in the fight to give us the same rights as men (eventually).  One of my life regrets is not talking to my grandmothers about how it felt to vote for the first time, aged well over 18!  Of course, there are many people in the world today who are not able to exercise this simple right.  So, if you are still planning on not voting, then go on, opt out.  Opt out of your right to moan about any public services, opt out of your place in our community.  Me, I’m ready and I know what I am going to do.  It’s not what I usually do, but then this election is anything but usual.

Right, rant over.

My earlier blog post here, gives a few links, which are mostly related to registering and finding out who your candidates are.

Here’s the more useful list at his stage.  Websites helping you take a look at party policies and how they compare to your own views:

If you find any more, please do put a hyper-link in the comments.   Happy voting and I’ll see you on the other side.

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I do love an election and our own country’s General Election ranks as one of the more exciting.  Whatever we think about politicians – and they give us plenty to think about – it is certainly the case that we can all influence who it is that gets to work in Westminster on our behalf.    But of course, that is only true if we actually bother to vote.  In 1997 the MP in my new seat won by 2 (yes two) votes.  It makes you think!

[As an aside, this website http://www.voterpower.org.uk/ also makes you think – but even with a low voter power, it’s worth the gentle stroll to the polling station, cos if no-one else does…]

But, back to main point: this election is different from any other I’ve lived through, for many reasons:

  1. The two main parties are pretty close in the polls.
  2. For the first time the internet will have a major part to play
  3. A fair few boundary changes shift the picture
  4. I’ve moved out of Brum after 30 odd years, and have no real feel for the politics down here.

So, I thought I’d knock up a quick and easy blog to pull together some resources I’ve found useful in pondering where to pop my cross.  My hope is that everyone I know will decide to vote. So first things first:

Are you registered?

I felt sure I was, it seems the only way to check is by phone or in person to your local council (of which I appear to have about 3!).  This website from the Electoral Reform Commission is a great place to start though: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ pop in your post code and you are away.  You have until April 20th to do this for this General Election.  Mind you, if you should miss it by any chance – it is still worth doing it, you never know when another may come along!

Which is your constituency and who is standing?

The Guardian appears to have the new constituencies on their site: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/general-election-2010

Your Next MP will also get you there quickly, but with less follow up information:

A wiki is being built about the candidates:  They Want to work for you , so you can take a look and add to it if you have more information.
And if any of the candidates have been MPs you can have a good look at their voting record, expenses claims and more at the fabulous They Work for You site

Whose Policies do you support?

There are a plethora of websites this time helping you work out which parties have policies which match your own personal views, here are the ones I’ve stumbled over:

VoteMatch

Party Matcher

Vote for Policies

Who should you vote for?

Of course, there is also a strong web presence from each political party, but I reckon you can work out how to find them!

So, this is a pretty simple post which pulls together a few nifty bits of the web.  I hope you enjoy them.  But mostly I hope you vote.

PS the big day is Thursday May 6th – put it in your diary… NOW!

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