||[Jun. 10th, 2004|09:35 am]
Today we have elections for local councils and the European Parliament. The Government has tried to boost the turn-out by experimenting with a postal vote in certain areas. Our area- the North West- was added to the experiment late in the day, with the result that lots of mistakes have been made; ballot papers were posted to the wrong areas and some ballots never got posted at all.|
There have also been accusations of vote rigging. Party agents have been knocking on doors in Pakistani and Bangladeshi areas and offering to "help" illiterate residents fill in their papers. There's even a story been reported about an employer who threatened to sack his workers unless they voted Labour.
Like many others, I'm treating the whole thing as a referendum on the War in Iraq.