On my table of eight, two said they had voted, four said they were not going to vote, one said she was going to spoil her paper and one said she had to vote because two of her aunts had been Suffragettes, she couldn’t not vote, but she might spoil her paper too. Mostly, there were two reasons – one, they didn’t see any reason for the police commissioner to be an elected post, particularly party political, and it was a waste of money and two, there had been so little information on the subject that they didn’t know whom to vote for anyway. Of the two who voted, we had both looked up details online, and I’d also read it in the local paper, though there was just one brief article a couple of weeks ago.
Ro also voted. He said that he’d rather someone he supported got in than not vote and have someone he didn’t want. That was my view. Also, I thought of the people in the world who don’t have the vote and didn’t have a vote in the past, especially women (I’m very unsexist normally, I promise, but disenfranchisement is more likely to happen to women) and so I appreciate the rights I have. Ro agreed with me there.
Anyway, if intelligent and committed people choose not to use their right to vote, that seems quite telling. But maybe it’ll work out, who knows? Ro checked the news tonight and apparently here the Independent candidate won. He and I voted for him first and the Sage gave him his second choice, so we’re all pleased.
Ro is staying overnight, which is lovely. I’ve just promised him bacon and eggs for breakfast. He’s very pleased.