Budweiser and crisps: the death of boozy local election nights


CAMDEN’S council election night in May won’t be an election night after all. Veterans may like the old image of candidates sucking a makeshift bar dry at the back of a sports hall somewhere, while officials count up votes long into the night. It’s not clear whose Budweiser and crisps are in this photo of former Labour councillors Phil Turner and Geethika Jayatilaka in the Somers Town gym back in 2006, but Camden is taking the safe bet option by moving the task of counting ballot papers this year to the day following voting, a Friday afternoon.

Council leader Sarah Hayward says there is no point asking matchstick-eyed people to work through the night when the papers can be locked away overnight and then counted when the sun comes up again. Probably sensible, even if it punctures the drama of it all slightly.

2 Comments on Budweiser and crisps: the death of boozy local election nights

  1. boooooooooooooooooo

  2. Robert Latham // April 2, 2014 at 4:55 pm //

    In many countries, people are willing to put their lives at risk for the right to vote. In Britain, our voters have all become apathetic. So Camden Council plans to take a bit more of the passion out of politics. On election day, activists from all parties stamp the streets of Camden from dawn to dusk to “encourage” people to vote. The highlight for the activist is to see the outcome of their effort at the count. We may all be exhausted, but it is all part of the ritual. So the count is now to be on Friday afternoon. Loyal party activists will be back at work. Apathy will rule OK. An own goal?

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