Polling station sign. Pic: secretlondon123

Voting has begun in Lichfield and Burntwood to elect new members of Staffordshire County Council.

Polling stations across the region opened at 7am and will close at 10pm.

John Henderson, Staffordshire County Council’s chief executive and county returning officer, said: “The local elections are an opportunity for residents to have their say at the ballot box and I would encourage everyone who has registered to vote to do so.”

The votes will be counted tomorrow (May 5) in each district and borough across Staffordshire, before a final result declared in Stafford in the afternoon.


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10 replies on “Voting begins in Staffordshire County Council elections across Lichfield and Burntwood”

  1. I have voted Green for the first time ever.

    It annoys me that due to the silly party political system and none of you willing to work together.

    I vote Green, yet get Blue.

    Hope these Council results will be a lesson to you.

    If the local opposition parties can’t agree to a unity candidate for the general election. Don’t start criticising Fabricant. You had the chance to try and remove him. But your party is worth more than the local electorate.

  2. Big difference between this vote and the GE Steve, I voted for the Labour candidate, because I want more representation for traditional Labour values within council decisions.

    With regards to the GE, I won’t be voting Labour as they supported Brexit.

  3. Steve, thanks for the vote!
    You may think that it went nowhere, and it is a hopeless cause, but it is not, for every vote that we get sends a message.

    You may have read about the possibility of Progressive Alliances and how much we are doing to turn our Green vision into a reality. And while those talks are still ongoing in a handful of constituencies, now is not the time for Green Party candidates to stand aside or for local parties to choose not to select.

    So far the other party leaders aren’t willing to talk about the sort of alliances which would stop a Tory landslide. There have been a few isolated agreements but nothing approaching the number that are needed to make a difference. The only way the other parties will come to the table and really talk is if they have something to gain. That means Green candidates need to be selected and running. Only then will we be able to have any hope of persuading the other parties to do what’s needed for the country.

    That is why we have made such an effort to get a Green Party candidate into every voting division and why we have Robert Pass standing as the Green Party candidate for MP in the General Election, we are the party that is sick of politics as usual, we want to make a difference, we are not career politicians or blindly following orders from a central government that has no idea what goes on in Lichfield and Burntwood, we are you, everyday people that want to get on and feel good about ourselves and those around us.

    Vote Green Party.

  4. Steve – everyone keeps harping on about this mythical “unity candidate”, but in reality the numbers just don’t add up.

    The Tories got 28,389 votes in 2015. If you combine all the other votes cast you still only get 23,078 leaving the Tories clear by 5,311. You’d need to increase the opposition vote by more than 23% to win.

    And that’s assuming that the numbers remain the same. There were 8082 UKIP votes – how many of those will go to the Tories this time instead? Would everyone be willing to accept a unity candidate or would some not vote?

    These electorlal pacts we’re reading so much about in the news are all in marginal seats with tiny majorities. They’re a welcome idea, but Lichfield is about as safe a seat as you’re likely to find. A pact here just wouldn’t work given the size od the Tory majority.

    For what it’s worth, I voted Green too, but will most likely end up with Blue. What’s needed is proportional representation so that all votes cast actually count.

  5. Ken, you are right. The whole idea of the safe seat – especially knowing who is the clown who holds it – is outrageous.
    Yes, it looks like until the generation who is not able to see beyond well-served propaganda dies out, little will change. That is, unless we do more to expose the lies, call out Hairy McLairy on his actions and help people see the truth. The alliance might not be the solution here, but educating the masses might be.

  6. That’s OK, Rob. Glad you have a good time. Your smile is a strong evidence just how strong our (as in humanity, not you and me) cognitive bias are. Because, focussing on one tiny aspect of all the content I contributed is what science calls confirmation bias: that is you zooming in on specific information that confirms your beliefs or ideas, while ignoring other information (here’s more Rob https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias). This is a specifically strong bias if people have deeply entrenched, unquestionable beliefs. The other process that might have affected your interpretation is that you read something negative into the quote phrase – I suspect the word “masses” might have hit a nerve, because it might, in some cases, have a derogatory effect. Don’t worry, Rob, it’s a normal process, it’s called the negativity effect, when we assign much greater relevance to signs that could lead to negative interpretation than to those that would push something into the positive.
    The world is wonderfully complex, Rob, and to understand how your mind perceives it is great first step to appreciate this complexity. Start with the facts, Rob, always.

  7. “the negativity effect”
    Does that tally with:
    ” especially knowing who is the clown who holds it”?
    or is it just deeply entrenched and unquestionable?

  8. Bravo, FactObsessed. Unfortunately Rob and his Tory chums aren’t too fussed with facts, just the same soundbites over and over again; brainwashing the greys into feeling a Con vote is going to keep them tucked up in bed all warm and safe. Or should that be strong and stable? ;-)

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