Election Day

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:

(WMV 2:56, 6.5MB)

8 thoughts on “Election Day

  1. Enjoyed watching the democratic process in the UK. This past November, I had to wait almost 2hrs before I finally got in the building to cast my ballot.

  2. I went to a polling station today, I couldnt vote or film. But it seems almost exactly the same as yours was set up. But mine was in a church. I guess that’s so the people who vote conservative can pray for their souls after they’ve voted.

    I have the feeling you’re going to say you voted conservative now. ha

    nice undercover video.

    – Ian

  3. My favorite bit of this is the unnoticed camera. Catches that expression of total boredom on that woman’s face quite effectively.

  4. Great blog. I do my voting via mail and since i have never lived in the U.S. since being of voting age I’ve never been to a real voting booth. keep it real. -Joel

  5. Intresting to see the voting process in other countries. BTW Frank if you ever return to the US let me know I’ll get you out of the city and into the woods 🙂

  6. If I’d had a handy pocket camera like yours my film would have been very similar as our Polling Station was the “village room” of the sports complex just down the road from us- about 100m. Alas my vote didnt make much difference it seems as this is a tory “safe seat”. There wasn’t even a videoblogging candidate to vote for!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *