An unusual-looking bus is touring Haringey this week, in the hope it might inspire locals to register to vote.
On board the vehicle potential voters will be able to make use of the free Wi-Fi and computer facilities to register online.
The redecorated double-decker is the latest step in the council’s campaign to encourage greater participation from the borough’s 150,000 voters. In the 2010 General Elections 59% of Haringey voters turned out to vote, under the national average of 65%.
Helpers will be on hand to guide people through the process and answer questions on changes to the electoral registration system, including the controversial introduction of individual registration, which has been beset with difficulties.
Voters need to be on the electoral register by the 20th otherwise they won’t be able to cast a vote.
Haringey Returning Officer Nick Walkley told City Vibe:
“We want to see every eligible voter in Haringey signed up to have their say in the General Election, as well as any forthcoming local elections.
“To make it as easy as possible for people to sign up, our electoral registration bus will be touring the borough next week. You can hop on board during a lunch break or shopping trip and we’ll make sure you’re registered.”
Not everyone agrees the bus is worthwhile. Haringey resident Arthur Mitchell told City Vibe, “Perhaps it’s good publicity but you could do that without a bus, couldn’t you?”
But local Rachel Adley believes it is a good idea, even if she’s less enthusiastic about the candidates. She told us, “It’s important for us to have a voice even if we don’t want to vote for anyone who’s out there.
“We need to at least spoil the paper.”
If you fancy a ride on this double-decker, you can catch it at the following stops:
- Thursday: Tottenham Square (outside White Hart Lane Stadium), N17, 10am-5pm
- Friday: Ducketts Common, Corner of Green Lanes and Turnpike Lane, N4, 9am-6pm
- Saturday: Hornsey Town Hall forecourt, Crouch End Broadway, N8, 9am-1pm. Fortis Green Road (outside Sainsbury’s), Muswell Hill, N10, 2-6pm
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