Polling stations open for local and European elections - will you be voting?

Polling stations open for local and European elections - will you be voting?

Polling stations open for local and European elections - will you be voting?

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RESIDENTS go to the polls today to vote in the local and European elections.

The booths opened at 7am throughout the UK for the European Parliament contest to return 73 Euro MPs.

Dorset residents have the chance to elect their local MEPs by selecting the party they wish to represent the region in Brussels for the next five years.

The county falls within the south west constituency, which has six MEPs, and covers from Cornwall to Gloucester and also includes Gibraltar.

A system of proportional representation is used in the European Parliament elections whereby electors vote for a party rather than an individual candidate.

Candidates are listed in order of preference by their parties and will be elected as such, depending on how many seats the party wins.

Currently the south west region is represented by three Conservative MEPs, Giles Chichester, Julie Girling and Ashley Fox, two UKIP MEPs, Trevor Colmanand William Dartmouth, and one Liberal Democrat MEP, Graham Watson.

The results of the election will be announced on Sunday evening.

Candidates standing in the European Parliamentary elections for the South West

An Independence from Europe: David Smith, Helen Webster, Mike Camp, Andrew Edwards, Phil Dunn, John Taverner.

British National Party: Adrian Romilly, Cliff Jones, Arnold Brindle, Wayne Peter Tomlinson, Andrew Webster, Giuseppe De Santis.

Conservative Party: Ashley Peter Fox, Julie McCulloch Girling, James Cracknell, Georgina Susan Butler, Sophie Swire, Melissa Maynard.

English Democrats: Alan England, Mike Blundell, Clive Lavelle, Barbara Wright, Steve Wright, Ray Carr.

Green Party: Molly Scott Cato, Emily Rachel McIvor, Ricky Knight, Audaye Khalid Elesedy, Judy Maciejowska, Mark Chivers.

Labour Party: Clare Miranda Moody, Glyn Ford, Ann Margaret Reeder, Hadleigh Vaughan Roberts, Jude Robinson, Junab Ali.

Liberal Democrats: Graham Robert Watson, Kay Barnard, Brian George Felton Mathew, Andrew Paul Wigley, Jay Oliver Risbridger, Lyana Patricia Armstrong-Emery.

UKIP: William Dartmouth, Julie Reid, Gawain Howard Wilkinson Towler, Tony McIntyre, Robert Lee Smith, Keith Montgomery Crawford.

People in Purbeck and West Dorset will have the chance to vote for councillors in the local elections.

See all the candidates standing in the local elections for Purbeck District Council by ward

 

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9:34am Thu 22 May 14

boardsandphotos says...

To all the regulars on here!

Vote! or you don't get to moan anymore!

#NoVoteNoVoice
To all the regulars on here! Vote! or you don't get to moan anymore! #NoVoteNoVoice boardsandphotos
  • Score: 24

10:11am Thu 22 May 14

BournemouthMum says...

I'll be dragging my 18 year old son to the polling station later to cast his first ever vote. He asked me who to vote for and I said 'do your research and choose for yourself', he did and his choice is different from mine - but that's the great thing about living in a democracy - choice.

Get out there and vote! People died for the right and we owe it to them to exercise this right.
I'll be dragging my 18 year old son to the polling station later to cast his first ever vote. He asked me who to vote for and I said 'do your research and choose for yourself', he did and his choice is different from mine - but that's the great thing about living in a democracy - choice. Get out there and vote! People died for the right and we owe it to them to exercise this right. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 32

12:34pm Thu 22 May 14

retry69 says...

To all the regulars on here if you pay your various taxes,dues etc you have just as much right and say as the next person.Dont forget vote still NO voice
To all the regulars on here if you pay your various taxes,dues etc you have just as much right and say as the next person.Dont forget vote still NO voice retry69
  • Score: -10

1:06pm Thu 22 May 14

Phixer says...

Typical useless Echo poll. I have a postal vote but didn't receive it in time before I had to go away for business. There isn't an answer in the poll above for anyone who would normally vote but can't - too busy earning to pay tax.

Interesting that my MEP will chosen by someone in Gibraltar. Is Gibraltar in the EU? Sorry, forgot - the EU considers it a Spanish province.
Typical useless Echo poll. I have a postal vote but didn't receive it in time before I had to go away for business. There isn't an answer in the poll above for anyone who would normally vote but can't - too busy earning to pay tax. Interesting that my MEP will chosen by someone in Gibraltar. Is Gibraltar in the EU? Sorry, forgot - the EU considers it a Spanish province. Phixer
  • Score: -2

1:10pm Thu 22 May 14

muscliffman says...

Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.
Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid. muscliffman
  • Score: 13

3:55pm Thu 22 May 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.
You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.[/p][/quote]You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election. Baysider
  • Score: 3

4:26pm Thu 22 May 14

muscliffman says...

Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.
You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.
That will be my 'pointless, empty opinions' that you alone usually do not agree with, but judging by the many other reader's comments in these very differing threads obviously a large number of people do!

Never mind, at least many of us are looking forward to today's election results, although I very much doubt you are......
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.[/p][/quote]You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.[/p][/quote]That will be my 'pointless, empty opinions' that you alone usually do not agree with, but judging by the many other reader's comments in these very differing threads obviously a large number of people do! Never mind, at least many of us are looking forward to today's election results, although I very much doubt you are...... muscliffman
  • Score: 6

8:32pm Thu 22 May 14

Baysider says...

muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.
You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.
That will be my 'pointless, empty opinions' that you alone usually do not agree with, but judging by the many other reader's comments in these very differing threads obviously a large number of people do!

Never mind, at least many of us are looking forward to today's election results, although I very much doubt you are......
The fact that you are more popular with the average right wing, ignorant, racist, hysterical, socially unaware, uncaring and politically dogmatic Echo poster should really worry you more than it will ever bother me but take whatever pleasure you can Muzzy old boy.

Now get some rest as it's been a long day running old ladies to the polling station and telling them that UKIP is the future...
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.[/p][/quote]You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.[/p][/quote]That will be my 'pointless, empty opinions' that you alone usually do not agree with, but judging by the many other reader's comments in these very differing threads obviously a large number of people do! Never mind, at least many of us are looking forward to today's election results, although I very much doubt you are......[/p][/quote]The fact that you are more popular with the average right wing, ignorant, racist, hysterical, socially unaware, uncaring and politically dogmatic Echo poster should really worry you more than it will ever bother me but take whatever pleasure you can Muzzy old boy. Now get some rest as it's been a long day running old ladies to the polling station and telling them that UKIP is the future... Baysider
  • Score: 3

5:10am Fri 23 May 14

guisselle says...

Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Baysider wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.
You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.
That will be my 'pointless, empty opinions' that you alone usually do not agree with, but judging by the many other reader's comments in these very differing threads obviously a large number of people do!

Never mind, at least many of us are looking forward to today's election results, although I very much doubt you are......
The fact that you are more popular with the average right wing, ignorant, racist, hysterical, socially unaware, uncaring and politically dogmatic Echo poster should really worry you more than it will ever bother me but take whatever pleasure you can Muzzy old boy.

Now get some rest as it's been a long day running old ladies to the polling station and telling them that UKIP is the future...
Priceless is that rich old ladies?
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Thousands died so we can go to a polling stations today. So if people cannot make the simple effort to vote just don't bother coming on forums like this either and wasting all of our time with any of your pointless empty opinions - YOU have rendered them all completely invalid.[/p][/quote]You should know all about pointless, empty opinions but otherwise I agree in principle...if you can't be bothered to vote don't moan about what happens as a result of the election.[/p][/quote]That will be my 'pointless, empty opinions' that you alone usually do not agree with, but judging by the many other reader's comments in these very differing threads obviously a large number of people do! Never mind, at least many of us are looking forward to today's election results, although I very much doubt you are......[/p][/quote]The fact that you are more popular with the average right wing, ignorant, racist, hysterical, socially unaware, uncaring and politically dogmatic Echo poster should really worry you more than it will ever bother me but take whatever pleasure you can Muzzy old boy. Now get some rest as it's been a long day running old ladies to the polling station and telling them that UKIP is the future...[/p][/quote]Priceless is that rich old ladies? guisselle
  • Score: 0

5:33am Fri 23 May 14

retry69 says...

As I have pointed out on the topic of raw sewage that has attracted three times as many comments as this one,tell me what is the difference between the two subjects :)
As I have pointed out on the topic of raw sewage that has attracted three times as many comments as this one,tell me what is the difference between the two subjects :) retry69
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