Thursday, 22 May 2014

Election Day!!



Well today is the day when all the speculation comes to an end. I spent 7-10 this morning "telling" at one of our polling stations.  It was very slow and we probably only had about 6 people through the door in the first hour.  I have been told that the turnout has started to gather some momentum.

It is a curious gathering of people at these events - activists with very different political views meet up and chat good naturedly about this and that. You see many of the same faces at each election and we compare notes about what has been happening locally and then we go away and don't see each other again until the next time!  Really weird!

It is surprising how time passes very quickly - even so I was relieved when my husband came to take over for the next couple of hours.

Now it is the wait for the end of day and the count. We probably won't have the results until the early hours and so won't be attending the overseeing of the count.

All the political activists and candidates have worked extremely hard but there will inevitably be winners and losers.It would be interesting to know how many miles have been walked, how many leaflets have been delivered, how many houses visited, how many phone calls have been made, how many hours of data input............

We asked ourselves why do we do it.....and the answer is that we all feel a commitment, a passion and a duty. Its not everyone's cup of tea but it certainly is a hobby and interest which occupies a great deal of time and energy. When you get into your sixties politics provides a sense of belonging, stimulation and exercise.

There was a report last week which said that a high proportion of women in their sixties are quite sedentary. This is alarming and you can see the medical problems stacking up.  So if politics isn't what turns you on there may be something else you could pursue??

Anyway will try and stay awake a bit longer tonight and hear at least some of the results :)

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some stats recorded on my pedometer on my iPhone from last Monday delivering last minute leaflets...

1.5 hours, 7403 steps, 5.06 miles .......and .........584 calories - win win!!!