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Jim Thornton's Election Blog..."Election Day"

Submitted on Mon, 08/06/2009 - 9:03am

Thursday 4 June 2009

This was one of the strangest elections I have ever fought. There were no tellers from any parties, apart from us, and the only candidate we saw around was Peter Ruffles. When people asked me what we were doing when we were Telling, I said truthfully that this was the only legal way I could sit at the Polling Station wearing my Rosette and smile encouragingly at people in the hope that they might vote for me. The Telling process is a complete nonsense unless you have a full canvass and a full set of tellers - I wonder how many Divisions in the County let alone the Country can now do that? Normally we expect to see candidates and supporters meeting the evening trains, but we were the only ones at Hertford North and Hertford East. The Researchers took a days holiday and did Telling and everything else with me, and having started at 7am we made it to the verification at 10.30pm - a long day. We went round the streets with the loudhailer on the car, and the best thing was when a senior Labour person told us we had fought a campaign 'like we used to do it' - I took that as a real compliment, and was glad that the Researchers could see it done this way.

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