Will the weather determine whether you go to the Polling station?

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With the General Election rapidly approaching many of us can’t wait for it to be over!

There seem to be varying opinions on whether voter turnout can be affected by the weather, with some suggesting it makes no difference. Other people say sunny conditions bring the voters out but apparently there’s evidence showing a correlation between rain and a higher turnout.

However, there is international evidence that the weather can affect results in other countries. In America academics have claimed that the weather was enough to swing the election result in 1960 and 2000.

On election day if it is raining do you think that bad weather could dampen turnout? Will rain prevent you from going out to vote? Or will you be voting whatever the weather?

 

Will the weather determine whether you go to the Polling station?

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major red
2nd Sep 2016
0
Thanks for voting!
as I'm disabled I post vote my wife posts it when goes to supermarket opposite our house
Wilf
5th May 2015
2
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Who cares about the weather? everybody should vote as the right to vote has been hard fought for by millions of British people in 2 world wars and continues to this day against terrorists and despots all around the world. I say VOTE!
nagonthenet
5th May 2015
2
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I voted by post ages ago. It annoys me that people don't vote. Just think of those previously disenfranchised people on South Africa queuing for days to vote when they finally had the chance to.
Not voting part of the British disease - they like to moan but don't like to complain!
stevie
5th May 2015
1
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I've voted by post 🙂
taylor
5th May 2015
3
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If you can you must vote having postal vote enables all to vote
houn66
5th May 2015
3
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Already voted. Postal vote as poll clerk on Thursday. Whatever the weather I will be in the polling station by 6.15am. Long day till 10.00pm and can't leave the station but looking forward to it.
Peter
5th May 2015
4
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Bad weather won't stop me voting but it might just give the younger generation another reason not to bother getting out of bed!

If this is true it's just another good reason to introduce online voting for future elections. Online voting would increase the number of votes cast, making the results more representative and would cost considerably less than the antiquated ballot boxes and paper voting slips.
DottieD
5th May 2015
2
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I agree with the possibility of on line voting but totally disagree with your comment about young people. I have a granddaughter who is 18 this year, so can't yet vote, but she and her friends have very clear views on what they do and do not want for their future. She's in college full time and has a weekend job, please don't judge all!
Peter
5th May 2015
2
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I agree not all youngsters are ambivalent about politics I know many who are very engaged with the current debate - however a recent study in the Telegraph did show that only 52% of 18-24yr olds intend to vote in comparison with over 90% of the over 50s. I'm sure you'll agree that's quite a significant difference.
Archiebald
5th May 2015
-2
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If its really bad weather I would have a problem getting to our polling station. Think a lot of us older folk would face this as well
Baxi
5th May 2015
5
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This election is too important to miss - whatever the weather!
Jo Kingham
5th May 2015
5
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Absolutely not! I will definitely be voting on Thursday come rain, hail or shine. I can't believe people would let that stop them voting!

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