Today, 5/5/2005 is the date when the votes are cast in the UK general election. After rumours for several months, the date of the election was only finally set a few weeks ago, so the political parties and local candidates have been rushing to get the campaigning in.
There are actually two elections today where I live. One is for a representative on the local county council, and one is for a “member of parliament” representing our area in the house of commons in London. The three major parties (Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat) all have representatives in both these elections.
I thought it would be a cool idea to videoblog some of this, so here’s my little “election special”. I didn’t want to make a fuss of taking a camera into the polling station, so I just started my little flat camera and stuck it in my shirt pocket. It’s just tall enough to peep out the top of the pocket, and give some idea of what voting is like around here. If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of me marking my two X marks on the ballot forms with the special fat pencil they provide in the little wooden booth.
The video is enclosed, as usual, or you can click on the image to download it directly: