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Please vote

From Paul Clarke

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

I don't care if know who you support, are voting tactically, only decide when you get to the polling station or just want to spoil your ballot but please take ten minutes to exercise your gift to vote free of violence or intimidation.

Other people aren't so lucky and it does make a difference.

From Mark H

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

...and please remember to encourage all those who share your address to vote too. Go on. Encourage them.

Bring the neighbours. Friends. Family. It's not just the General, there are Calderdale and local Parish Council Elections too so you've a lot at stake.

As presiding officer in a polling station (at a location near you) I'm always pleased to see people voting alone or in various combinations.

From the just-turned-18-where's-the-app-fo-dat to the postwar election enthusiasts with pamphlets, from "Am I the first?" to "....just made it the dog was sick..." via lots of "Have you been busy?", you are welcome.

It doesn't matter to me who you vote for; I'm the customer-facing part of the machine, counselled to be impartial while ensuring your vote is securely conveyed to the Returning Officer.

Treat your trip to the polling station a real outing. It's totally local. Knock on doors as you pass on the way, invite your friends and neighbours along!

We're open from 7am (oops better get to bed...) until 10pm and look forward to helping you cast your votes.