I'm not sure that any of the local lib dems come here much now, but I would guess that it was a case of mistaken letterbox identity. It's not unknown for electors to contact a party for this sort of thing rather than the council. If the address was taken down wrongly or not passed on properly to the deliverer, you may have ended up with a form intended for a lib dem supporting neighbour.
The application form is freely available to download from the council web site, so it would seem to be a waste of paper and money to deliver one to every household. As far as I can see it does not contravene the electoral commission guidelines (http://tinyurl.com/4cgs6tt) for a representative of a party to deliver an application form. There are very strict rules about the postal vote form itself (and quite rightly).
The form was pre-printed with my name and address on it, with a covering letter from one of the local Councillors (who shall remain nameless), so it was quite a big mistake, if that's what it was....
I object to be hassled to apply for a postal vote. I don't need one or want one. There's something special about the experience of marking an X on a piece of paper in a polling booth...
I withdraw my speculation then. Shows how out of the loop a chap can get in less than a month!
I agree with you about the experience of voting in person if it's at all possible.
Would you like me to take it up with the Council? If yes, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well I've shredded the form (because it had my personal details on it...!) and binned the letter (along with the campaign material..!) so you might be a bit short of hard evidence if you raised it at a Council meeting Keith.
Nevertheless, it would be interesting to hear if anybody else in Hedge End has received an unsolicited application for a postal vote from the LIb Dems, or from anybody else for that matter...!
I've just retrieved the covering letter from my wheelie bin (n.b. The campaign material can stay there..!). I've scanned the covering letter, but haven't been able to upload it to HedgeEnd People, for technical reasons. I'll therefore email it to you Keith and I'll probably write something on my blog about it later. My first impressions still stand. The covering letter is unambiguously linking a postal vote with the Lib Dems. I reckon the whole business is wrong and symptomatic of what is wrong with the Lib Dems locally. They've got far too much of a stranglehold on local politics and seem able to to do whatever they jolly well like. As I said earlier, if this postal vote form had dropped through my letterbox in an unpoliticised form, I wouldn't have had such a problem with it. I still wouldn't have appreciated the suggestion that I should have a postal vote, but I wouldn't be so outraged at the blatent attempt to win votes by doing so...!
Its high time we broke the LIb Dems stranglehold on local politics...
Well chaps I just have to have my say on this one, you are not alone TGR to have received the postal vote form already pre-printed with your details on it, and whilst it may not contravene the guidelines, it most certainly sails very close to the wind, I think you have shown TGR the true colors of the Lib Dem's. I wonder how many people will fall foul of it. On a different subject, I was out delivering my campaign leaflets yesterday evening when I happened to bump into Keith House, he did not know me and thought I was just a conservative helper delivering leaflets, he asked me for one of them and looked quite put out when I said no, and even more so when he then tried to bribe me by offering me one of his in a swap, again I said no, unbelievable I know, but very true!!!! I'm still laughing about it.
Reading Keith Day reply here is sounding more and more to me like someone who has either beeen found out and doesn't like it or someone who has no idea what his party is doing. He suddenly brought the council into it offering to speak to them about it, it wasn't the council it was the lib dem party that's who he should be taking it up with. Why can't we fight a campaign on what we're going to do for our community and not run other party's down. Am I alone in this
Colin, I was just trying to help TGRWorzel. As far as I know I am the only councillor who ever contributes to hedgeendpeople these days. But you should know that I had left the Lib Dems before the letter in question was delivered. You are right - I had no idea what they were doing, but equally they have no particular reason to listen to me these days! That's why I took advice on the legality of it from the returning officer.
I agree that local campaigns should be fought on local issues - it's one reason why Jenny Schwausch and I are standing as an independents on May 5th.
There's more on my personal blog at http://tinyurl.com/65nagbr
I'm happy to confirm that Keith left the Lib Dems well before we started this conversation. I appreciate his interest/involvement. Thanks Keith.
I agree with Colin Atters though, that I prefer to see campaigns fought on the issues rather than kicking the other parties. For the record, I'm not currently a member or an active supporter of any party, but I really don't like the stranglehold that Lib Dems currently have on the Borough and locally in Hedge End. I think that's almost as unhealthy as the autocratic regimes currently being overthrown in the middle East...!