Election day open thread…

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  • pete whitcroft

    Just gave directions to a tennant to polling station at the bottom of Blythe St. Sandy Row.
    I told him to vote for the boy at the top then whoever he wants.
    He had his Nicholson leaflet wrapped round his polling card so I’d say that’s 1 for Jim N.

  • J Kelly

    True story,
    Standing outside St Johns School in Blighs Lane Derry, Mark Durkan and his wife call by doing his rounds of the polling stations two SDLP workers handing out leaflets have a quick chat at the with Mark and Jackie before they head into the polling station. The woman says to the man ” is that yer man Durkan” the man says ” aye thats Mark2 the woman adds “I thought I recognised him.

    You couldn’t make it up the leader of the party not recognised by party workers in his own backyard.

  • tál

    [i]You couldn’t make it up[/i]

    Yes, you could – and you just did.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    excellent work.

    has anyone indicated a change in the numbers voting compared to last euros?

    What would be interesting is if both sides of the fence failed to turn out – a divided community but both deciding independently they couldnt be arsed. But I suppose it would be far more interesting if only one side did not bother to turn out.

  • west belfast

    Just back from my polling station in Crumlin. Started picking up in the last hour or so.

    I worked in the station a few years back and what i found was that the older unionist population voted early in the morning and into mid afternoon. Then the younger nationalist voters come out after dinner time.

    The women at the station told me that it was very very slow during the day.

    Keeping to my prediction of a low turnout.

  • Conquistador

    Will we get any idea of how each constituency voted? Tallys? Anything at all?

  • Mick Fealty

    JK, heard anything about dissidents outside the polling station in Cregan advising people to vote SDLP?

    Conq, follow the link above for tallies..

  • Mick Fealty

    No DUPers outside the station in Moira… TUV paying a flying visit…

  • Mark McGregor

    west belfast,

    We will have the 9pm figures from Crumlin courtesy of Cllr Logue, saves me walking back up.

  • oracle

    west belfast,

    “the older unionist population voted early in the morning and into mid afternoon. Then the younger nationalist voters come out after dinner time”

    So what you’re saying is the good protestant members of the electorate exercise their democratic right before they go to work…

    and the taigs only go for the craic after they’ve either
    A) signed on
    B) got back from court
    C) got out of bed at 5pm
    D) doing a reccy to see if there’s any lead on the roof

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit



  • Flavoured Water

    DUP and UUP outside Blythe St.

  • oracle


    would the SF or SDLP voters have reservations about voting in an Orange Hall as a polling station if the flags and sashes ect were on displat also

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Question 2

    If a Fenian invited a Prod quareone into his house for a rub down – would it be a form of ethnic cleansing?

  • Mark McGregor

    Oracle he is right about Crumlin.

    The majority of the population is made up of people that moved from West Belfast in the last ten years. They tend to work in Belfast and vote after 6.30pm due to travelling.

    The older, smaller, ‘local’ population tends to be past working age or working locally, is mostly Protestant and makes up the bulk of early voters. imho

    If it picks up in Crumlin in the evening it will be mainly to the benefit of one of the nationalist parties.

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  • oracle

    Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit,

    Surely it depends on whether he was going to rub him up the wrong way or not, and is he making him get his rub down at the kitchen sink because the bath if full of coal?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    rub him ? how disgusting – I was speaking of hetro-ethnic-cleansing.

  • west belfast

    Yes Oracle thats exactly what I meant LMAO!! But isnt that better from the days when we used to vote early and often.

    Im away to drink a bottle of old english and burn a bus!


    Look forward to Anne Maries tallies. From the tallies on the other thread we could be looking at a very low turn out – could be just what Jim Allister was praying (to Satan) for!!

  • Sam Flanagan

    Do you think Iris still keeps her “lovely psychiatrist friend,” around? just in case someone suffers from “electoral meltdown syndrome” and needs a listening ear and a box of hankies.

  • Conquistador

    No I wondered if we’d get an estimate of party breakdown per constituency.

    Would like to see South Down, South Belfast, South Antrim and North Antrim most I reckon

  • Conquistador

    No I wondered if we’d get an estimate of party breakdown per constituency.

    Would like to see South Down, South Belfast, South Antrim and North Antrim most I reckon

  • Bisto

    40% and 41% in the Markets boxes.

    Is this the lowest ever?

    A mere 4% dividing the Markets and the Donegall Road is good news for the DUP.

  • JimBob

    South Down- 40% turnout approx across constituency. Low turnout in urban areas (32% Downpatrick town) but higher in rurals. SF vote stayed at home and the SDLP core vote out.

  • Sam Flanagan

    Just read Brian Reid`s report on the UTV site. He states, “I detect a fair degree of nervousness in the Unionist parties”

    Will not be long before the leaks start coming out of the “verification process,” if Brian is doing his job properly he will soon detect more than a “fair degree of nervousness.”

    Pretty confusing scenario for all potential “defectors,” no one can be sure who to defect to!

  • western polling agent

    Having observed polls as an agent for over 20 yrs I have never seen such a low turnout especially among nationalists. It is difficult to be sure but turnout in the rural areas around Omagh appeared to be just above 50% while turnout among unionists was much stronger, nearer to 75% although because of the nationalist majority the overal figure will be low.

    In one polling station at 5 pm yesterday the vote was around 30% but of those who had voted the local agent observed that around 80% were likely to be of unionist persuasion