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DEBATE CONTINUES OVER VOTING DAYS

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The Guardian (p19) carries two letter addressing the issue of holding elections on Thursdays. ...
The Guardian (p19) carries two letter addressing the issue of holding elections on Thursdays.

One writer argues that even if elections were held at the weekend; if polling stations were open all day; if we could vote at the supermarket, garden centre, pub, workplace, via the internet, phone or fax; if personal polling clerks visited non-voting households, the end result would be little better.

'The turnout reflects the respect in which the candidates or their backing organisations are held, and the level of interest in the issues,' the writer says.

The other letter points out that Thursday voting robs thousands of children of a day's education, when their schools are taken over for use as polling stations.

'Many parents face the inconvience and expense of organising an extra day's child care. In a small way, Thursday voting reinforces class distinctions in education, since private schools stay open,' it says.

Every local or national election during this government's term has taken place on a school day, it says. 'A poor advertisment for a government supposedly committed to education and families.'

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