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Voters in Britain went to the polls on Thursday 10th June. They voted in different ways for different organisations, with different results.
 

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Send us your views: Should voting be compulsory? (It is in some countries) Why do some younger voters not vote? How would you like to vote - in person, by post, by text message, by internet?
 
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Depending where in the UK they lived, people on the electoral register could vote for candidates standing as MEPs, as Mayor of London and representatives of the London Assembly, and as local councillors. There were two main types of voting: proportional representation, with seats allocated according to the number of votes cast, and first past the post, with the seat going to the candidate with the largest number of votes.

Voter turnout has been lower than hoped for in some recent elections. To help overcome this, postal voting was trialled in several areas. Instead of going to polling stations voters were sent a ballot paper, filled it in, had their identity verified and then sent it back.

There is also concern that younger voters don't take part in elections. Postal voting and possibly later voting by text may help - though it may be that younger voters are not interested in conventional politics, and are more likely to vote in single issue politics

 
 
 
went to the polls
 
voted in a political election
 
electoral register
 
a list of people in each borough who are allowed to vote.
 
standing
 
if you stand for a political position (e.g. MP) you are a candidate in an election for that position
 
MEPs
 
Members of the European Parliament
 
Mayor of London
 
Since May 2000 London has had a mayor responsible for matters including transport and the police
 
local councillors
 
people elected to a council, responsible for running a town or other area
 
proportional representation
 
political parties receive seats in proportion to the numbers of votes cast.
 
seats
 
when someone is elected to parliament you can say that they or their party have won a seat
 
first past the post
 
the person with the greatest number of votes wins the seat
 
candidate
 
someone who is being considered in an election
 
had their identity verified
 
someone who knows them had to confirm they were who they said
 
polling stations
 
a public building where people got to vote in an election
 
ballot
 
a vote in which people select a candidate in an election or express an opinion
 
ballot paper
 
a piece of paper on which you mark your choice
 
Voter turnout
 
the proportion of people on the electoral roll who actually voted
 
single issue politics
 
where there is concern about one problem, such as the environment
 
 
 
YOUR VOTE
 
Do you usually vote in elections?

Yes
No



Results so far:

1: Yes
(73%)
 
2: No
(25%)
 
Total votes so far: 747
 
 
RELATED LINKS
 
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One life guide to voting
 
 
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Words in the news
 
 
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Euro poll
 
 
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European Parliament
 
 
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Voter apathy
 
 
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BBC Staffordshire: UK Youth Parliament
 
 
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