Cornwall to vote in European Parliament elections - despite fielding just two candidates

This is The West Country: Cornwall to vote in European Parliament elections - despite fielding just two candidates Cornwall to vote in European Parliament elections - despite fielding just two candidates

Cornwall will head to the polls today, Thursday, to elect six Members of the European Parliament to represent the south west.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm and voters are reminded to take their polling cards with them, although votes can still be cast without.

There are eight parties to choose from: An Independent from Europe, the British National Party, the Conservative Party, the English Democrats, the Green Party, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Cornwall has two candidates standing to represent the south west - Jude Robinson from Pool for the Labour Party and Robert Lee Smith from Penzance for UKIP.

However, in this election a vote is cast for a party rather than an individual candidate.

Each political party has put forward a list of candidates called a “regional list” and electors must vote for one of these lists.

Every party is then allocated a number of MEP seats according to their share of the vote across the south west region - with the party choosing the specific individuals from their list - known as a “proportional representation” system.

Of the current MEPs for the region four are standing for re-election: Sir Graham Watson (Lib Dem), William, Earl of Dartmouth (UKIP) and Ashley Fox and Julie Girling (both Conservative). Glyn Ford, who has previously been a Labour MEP, is also standing.

Although the election will take place today the count will not actually take place until Sunday, in line with the rest of Europe.

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1:57pm Thu 22 May 14

Gill Z Martin says...

When I voted this morning, I found the two polling booths had the front openings facing the table where people are registering to vote, as the booths are in close proximity to each other and the table, I think it would be easy to guess roughly which political party one is voting for, because if you see someone's hand move to the bottom of the paper then they are quite likely voting UKIP and further up Conservative etc. Perhaps it just because I am fairly observant, but I do think the polling booths should be situated the other way round, so that you go round behind and into them and the back of them face the table with the registration staff and anyone waiting. If they are placed with security in mind, I am sure the staff in attendance could actually get out of theirs chairs and check the booths intermittently. Personally I do not care who knows what I vote, but there are others that do require secrecy.
When I voted this morning, I found the two polling booths had the front openings facing the table where people are registering to vote, as the booths are in close proximity to each other and the table, I think it would be easy to guess roughly which political party one is voting for, because if you see someone's hand move to the bottom of the paper then they are quite likely voting UKIP and further up Conservative etc. Perhaps it just because I am fairly observant, but I do think the polling booths should be situated the other way round, so that you go round behind and into them and the back of them face the table with the registration staff and anyone waiting. If they are placed with security in mind, I am sure the staff in attendance could actually get out of theirs chairs and check the booths intermittently. Personally I do not care who knows what I vote, but there are others that do require secrecy. Gill Z Martin
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