It’s Election Day!

Good luck to all our candidates up and down the country! We wish you and your teams well for what will be a very long and exhausting day. Some tips to survive:

  1. Have fun! There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of getting out the vote on election day and all the excitement of the count. Make sure you enjoy as much of it as you can. It is a wonderful experience which many of our new members are having for the first time.
  2. Hydrate. Drink lots of water, it’s a long day and brains as well as body need to be kept alert and oiled for action.
  3. Listen to your Committee Room manager or Campaign Organiser. They will have an overview of how things are going and will be targeting resources where they matter.
  4. Have some downtime and take short breaks, but don’t distract others who might be beavering away.
  5. Make sure you eat. It’s a bit like the television show 24 where the characters never seemed to stop to eat. An election day can be like that. Eat healthy carbs and avoid too many chocolate bars and cakes. The sweet rush lasts a little while, but sandwiches and bananas give you the endurance to last the day.

Remember to vote – it is easy to become distracted with election day chaos and forget! I remember my first election campaign, getting to the polling station at 9:45pm as I had left voting until the end. Well actually, I forgot. Someone reminded me. So do cast your vote!

 

* Kirsten Johnson was the PPC for Oxford East in the 2017 General Election. She is a pianist and composer at www.kirstenjohnsonpiano.com.

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3 Comments

  • Richard Underhill 3rd May '18 - 8:43am

    There is a parliamentary by-election in Tyrone. If Sinn Fein it is their policy not to take their seat at Westminster, so the balance would be unaffected.

  • John Marriott 3rd May '18 - 10:33am

    Kirsten Johnson must live in a different Universe from Lib Dems in Lincolnshire – unless things really have changed since I was involved in elections. Committee Room Manager? Campaign Organiser? Downtime? Have fun?

    The only advice I could give to local candidates in Lincoln is “Be prepared to lose”. Now, if the Lincolnshire Lib Dems had the kind of organisation that Oxfordshire obviously has it might be a different story!

  • Good luck to you all.

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