Category Archives: Voting

Top tips for voting

Not sure where to vote, who your candidates are or what to expect at the polling station? Here are some top tips from our Returning Officer, Jacqui Gedman.

Engaging young people in democracy

We talked to Coco from the University of Huddersfield Students Union about why it’s important to engage young people in democracy.

University of Huddersfield democracy week

We talked to Coco, Communications and Democracy VP at the University of Huddersfield Students Union about lots of good stuff going on at the uni during democracy week 2015.

NVRD 2015 The benefits of registering to vote

We talked to Dan from the University of Huddersfield Student Union about why it’s important for students to register to vote. Part of National Voter Registration Day.

National Voter Registration Day at the University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield are doing some great work to register people to vote. We found out more from Dan at the Students Union.

Supporting people with registering to vote

We talked to elections outreach officers Sam and Louise about the work going on across Kirklees to support people with registering to vote. Part of National Voter Registration Day 2015. #NVRD

Louisa Waple -Young candidate

Why I’m standing…

Use your common sense

Voting – have you got the habit?

One of the things I’ve noticed whilst talking to voters today is that many people seem to have picked up the habit of voting from their parents. It seems obvious when you think about it, but seeing other people in your family going to vote can have an important influence on whether you choose to vote yourself or not.

For example, one resident told us about her family voting rituals:

Family voting rituals – audio

A lady who I spoke to yesterday said that the influence went back even further in her family, to her grandmother:

This is a stark contrast with my experience at my own polling station this morning. A lady walked in to the church hall, with a small child attached to each arm, and stopped abruptly in the middle of the floor. She turned to the election officers behind the desk and said tetchily: “Is there no playgroup today?” Heads turned. There was a polite reply of “No”. The lady was strangely oblivious to the giant “Polling Station” signs that she’d just walked past, along with the polling booths, the ballot boxes, the desk full of paperwork and the bemused onlookers. “Well, nobody told me”, she said forcefully.

And off she went, trailing the small children behind her.