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Johnny Fallon: Bundling crucial votes together is not good for democracy

Johnny Fallon

Published 27/10/2011 | 14:10

ELECTION day is always a little bit special. The end of all that campaigning and the opportunity to take part in all the drama and ceremony of it all. Today we have several votes to cast. The big question is how wise is this as an approach?

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Successive governments have chosen to ‘bundle’ votes for two reasons. Firstly, it is argued that by holding a number of votes on the same day we save on cost. This is certainly true, but let’s be honest about it, we will not sink or swim as an economy based on the cost of running a few votes.

Indeed in the dying days of the st a ridiculous hint that the country could not afford an election. Thankfully a majority of people evening government knew that this was nonsense. A price cannot and should not be put on the value of democracy.

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