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|>>|| No. 82573
As per .gs tradition, it's time for the separate polling day/results thread.
Results are expected slightly earlier than previous years as there's no local elections at the same time.
|>>|| No. 82583
Surprisingly dejected now that it's the day. Even already postal voted.
It's the knowledge that nice things don't happen, combined with the outside possibility of surprise. I mean, theoretically we could have an exit poll showing a Lib-Dem government and then find ourselves with an SNP-Green-UKIP coalition thanks to the nature of secret ballots and the Westminster system. But we know that won't happen even though you can't know until the results are out. It's like standing at the gallows awaiting a reprieve. Surely someone will intervene, I'm innocent you know...
In truth I regret getting into politics, but it's a Pandora's box.
|>>|| No. 82584
>It's the knowledge that nice things don't happen
The final Guardian/ICM poll predicts a 2.5% swing to the Tories, a majority just shy of 100 seats.
Facebook is already in overdrive. I've lost count of the amount of posts I've seen along the lines of "if you have even a shred of intelligence or humanity, vote Labour" so far this morning.
|>>|| No. 82585
>if you have even a shred of intelligence or humanity
Why do people do this shit? I'm probably voting for Labour but insulting other people/talking down to them generally just makes them dig their heels in.
|>>|| No. 82586
Decision time. I've just moved out of a tight marginal seat into a safe one. Got polling cards for both.
When I signed up for the new place, I told them my old address. Am I criminal scum if I vote my old address this time? Is there now a note on the list that I've moved away?
|>>|| No. 82587
Whatever happens, we're seeing the end of neoliberalism, which is good. At the same time there s real possibility of real dolphin rape coming in.
|>>|| No. 82588
Er, yeah, it wouldn't happen because Greens wouldn't go onto coalition with UKIP. In fact we don't believe in coalitions, we prefer confidence and supply agreements.
|>>|| No. 82589
You just have to lower your expectations. I'm voting so that my candidate gets his deposit back.
You should come over to the dark-side just to teach them a lesson. Nobody has to find out, it's like your on holiday by yourself and you've bonded with a cute effeminate guy who seems a bit curious.
You have to get on your flight by 2200. It's now or never.
|>>|| No. 82590
>Whatever happens, we're seeing the end of neoliberalism
How do you deduce that?
May appears to be a continuation of neoliberalism, as opposed to some kind of fascist candidate who'd finally put an end to that nonsense even if doing so in a way that's really quite objectionable.
|>>|| No. 82592
May to win it by 75 is my prediction.
I'm going to vote later but I've heard a few people say the polling stations have been far busier than at previous elections.
|>>|| No. 82593
Seems like they are this year, ours down the road has definitely had a higher turnout than previous years. Maybe Brexit and Trump have encouraged people to get their voice heard.
|>>|| No. 82594
Muggins here only went and did a tick on the ballot paper instead of a cross. Hastily turned it into a cross, but it's so wonky it looks like someone with learning difficulties voted.
|>>|| No. 82597
>As per .gs tradition, it's time for the separate polling day/results thread.
No, by tradition the time for the results thread is when the polls are about to close, with some hint of the exit polls in the OP, but never mind.
>Results are expected slightly earlier than previous years as there's no local elections at the same time.
They changed the rules on this recently. It used to be that all of the ballots had to be separated and verified before any can be counted, but now as soon as a complete set of ballots have been verified they can be counted. Next time there are two elections on the same day (2018, 2019 or 2021), they will be verified separately.
|>>|| No. 82598
You can put a fuckin smiley face on it if you want mate.
I'm gonna have a fag and a shower and then go off to the count.
|>>|| No. 82599
I seem to recall someone drawing a willy in the box one time and it was counted for a vote.
|>>|| No. 82601
If it's a clear indication in favour of a candidate it's a vote.
Doubtful ones are decided by the returning officer, often with candidates agreement.
|>>|| No. 82603
WAYHEY IT IS ELECTION RESULTS NIGHT ONE OF MY HAPPY PLACES. THERESA WILL WIN BY ABOUT 105. CORBYN WILL LOSE LOADS BUT HANG ON. TIM FARRON IS FUCKING TOAST.
I'm here all night lads.
|>>|| No. 82604
For the 2015 election I turned up on the wrong day at the polling station which is a community centre for the deaf. It was morning so I just assumed that all the old people really do go out in force as I waited in line for the bingo with everyone around me giving weird looks.
Anyway I get to the desk and try to tell them my details only to get a confused expression. I try to show the old man my ballot card but he just points up and in deaf speak says 'upstairs' so I go there and have explained to me by the care staff that I had come on the wrong day in between their laughter. I had to go home and have a bit of a sit down after that.
It's a shame that we didn't get organized on this and have a ballot art thread.
|>>|| No. 82606
>Next time there are two elections on the same day (2018, 2019 or 2021), they will be verified separately.
Slight self-correction: There are by-elections to the Scottish Parliament and several local councils today. In those areas, as soon as the ballot papers are separated, the Westminster ballots can be verified and counted independently of the others. (Annoyingly, Britain Elects has taken to referring to them as "downballot" even though that's an American thing that comes from having multiple elections on the same ballot - pic related.)
|>>|| No. 82613
Probably a bit like an NUS conference. One person speaking for a long time, not saying very much, no cheering and jazz hands instead of applause.
|>>|| No. 82614
Lib Dem I think and I had voted quite a few times before but not at this polling station. I miss the coalition of chaos.
Surprisingly popular but you need a special ticket to play so I never got to see how they called out the numbers. They managed to fill out a big hall anyway so I guess deaf people all live in close proximity of one-another which is expected but at the same time was unnoticeable when I was living there.
It must be a unique micro-culture. I should learn sign language one of these days and see how they get on.
|>>|| No. 82615
It's weird seeing Dimbleby's legs. They're proportionately very slender.
|>>|| No. 82616
Main BBC programme picture appears to be fucked.
|>>|| No. 82618
The question here will be whether Labour are making gains in Scotland or whether the Tories are on the treadmill.
The more interesting part is that if that number is accurate, the "progressive alliance" is completely off the table, and the Tories might scrape a majority if both unionist parties in NI back them. Assuming Sinn Fein win 4 and with the Speaker out of the way, the target is 324.
|>>|| No. 82623
Exit poll meltdown is almost too good a bit of the story to be true. Let us look carefully at 3am.
|>>|| No. 82624
Reminder: Brexit negotiations formally open in 11 days' time. Government formation in 2010 took 5 days. The tighter the margins, the bigger the deals that will have to be made and the longer they may take.
Given the deep divisions between the parties, there's a Tory Death Zone at 310-320. Above this, and the unionist parties in NI will do it. Below this, and a rainbow alliance (whether coalition or confidence-and-supply) will do it. Within the Death Zone, both sides will have trouble forming a stable government.
|>>|| No. 82625
Alright, cracking open a bottle of wine or two(three) and settling in for the night. Here we go lads.
|>>|| No. 82628
Oh god we're going to have another election in the Autumn.
|>>|| No. 82630
I guess it's true what the Tories said about Labour taking us back to the past. Corbyn's gonna party like it's 1974.
|>>|| No. 82631
>Reminder: Brexit negotiations formally open in 11 days' time.
Can't we postpone it? I just assumed Theresa May picked a date so close to the general election as cynical opportunism by thinking it would focus people into voting for her.
|>>|| No. 82632
The exit poll value at 314 for the Conservatives includes around a dozen very close 50/50 calls against the SNP.
Best get the traditional election night Chinese ordered before they close (again).
|>>|| No. 82636
It was the other lot that picked that date, and AFAIK it's not been definitely confirmed on our end. Earlier this year they were talking up "not until at least June", so presumably she picked the date of the election to get in before that. I would expect that if there is uncertainty, we would not confirm that date but would indeed postpone, though no idea for how long. We certainly couldn't start if there was the prospect of another election. That would be a real dick move on the part of May for both sides, since it throws the opposition in at the deep end and leaves the EU in the position of the people they're negotiating with changing halfway through.
|>>|| No. 82637
>around a dozen very close 50/50 calls against the SNP.
If the Tories cling on I'm blaming Nicola Sturgeon for banging on and on about a second Indyref.
|>>|| No. 82639
Look on the bright side, with our government paralysed we don't have to worry about any new laws being made. No chance of us getting embroiled in any foreign adventures either.
At last we'll have a chance to relax and get on with our lives without worrying about invading Iran or whatever else is just around the corner in these interesting times we're living in. The news can just be about the weather.
|>>|| No. 82640
Makes a bit of a mockery of STRONG AND STABLE doesn't it?
|>>|| No. 82642
Looks like Newcastle has beaten Sunderland to the punch. Newcastle Central swing to Labour of 2%, Houghton & Sunderland South swing to Conservative of 3.5%. In both cases, more favourable to the Tories than the exit poll expected. Turnout looks to be a few points higher in both seats.
Given Theresa's fascination with STRONG AND STABLE in the face of the facts, she could well be coming out tomorrow morning with a majority of 10-20 declaring MASSIVE MANDATE.
|>>|| No. 82644
Sat here on the Tyskie.
I fucking love Election Nights.
|>>|| No. 82647
Rumours that Amber Rudd has been ousted in Hastings.
|>>|| No. 82653
I count 42 pizzas. That has to be at least £250 even with special offers.
|>>|| No. 82658
That SNP figure is bollocks isn't it?
Got a very sicky feeling though. Again, the bastards always want to give you hope.
(Actually, weirdly, I'm a Scottish Nat, but I'm very sick for Corbyn - or maybe just sick of May. Scottish politics has been so goddamn dull...)
Hope the Lib-Dems stay fucked in Scotland. Really do not like Jo Swinson.
Death zone is very tempting. I've a strong feeling of an upcoming recession that makes me weary of the political risks of actually taking power. (Although at the same time, there's that worry that if we get a Heath-Stays-On, voters just flock to the Conservatives again in our 1979...)
Ach fuck this you know the coo will be back in with a majority by tomorrow morning.
Even though I really do not want a majority, Tories returned with the exact same seat count would be a lark.
|>>|| No. 82659
Ruth Davidson for next Tory leader if Corbyn is the next PM.
|>>|| No. 82660
At midnight, Labour lead 4-1. David Dimbleby struggling to count at this point. "Three results, four results, no, five results so far."
|>>|| No. 82661
It's 20fucking17 and the BBC's election results page still doesn't fucking auto-update. I thought they had a load of hipster web devs working for them these days.
|>>|| No. 82662
These turnouts are looking pretty high lads, think that bodes well for ARE JEZ
|>>|| No. 82663
I had a look at the newspaper headlines when I was in the shop earlier on. Our press really isn't worth the paper it's printed on these days. Sooner the internet puts them out of business, the better.
Voted for the Coalition of Chaos myself. Sounds pretty badass.
|>>|| No. 82665
Reports that Gordon is tight and Wee Eck is at risk. I'm calling it now: If it happens, headlines of "Smoked Salmond" all round.
|>>|| No. 82666
Ben Gummer, architect of the Conservative manifesto, tipped to lose his seat in Ipswich.
Former ELP keyboard player and next MP for Boston and Skegness, Paul Nuttall, not likely to win in Boston and Skegness.
|>>|| No. 82669
Tories fail to gain Darlington, which according to the RO held their election on the 8th of May. Swing to the Conservatives smaller than Donald Trump's hands.
|>>|| No. 82670
Labour may well exceed what these exit polls have been predicting here lads
|>>|| No. 82671
15 results declared.
13 Kippers on the ballot.
12 have lost their deposits.
|>>|| No. 82672
Tories take massive SNP vote in Rutherglen & Hamilton West, Labour take it through the middle by 265.
|>>|| No. 82673
The Yougov model that had Tories on 302, Labour on 269 is holding up very well so far.
|>>|| No. 82676
16% swing to the Tories in Angus. 10k SNP majority overturned.
|>>|| No. 82678
Well this is getting interesting isn't it lads.
Whichever way it goes, it looks like May is doomed, which can only a be good thing wherever you stand politically.
And all those Blairite cunts who slated Are Jez have been definitively, how should I put it... Fucking TOLD.
|>>|| No. 82679
>And all those Blairite cunts who slated Are Jez have been definitively, how should I put it... Fucking TOLD.
Yep, definitely a result of Corbyn's genius. Absolutely nothing to do with May being useless in the late stages.
|>>|| No. 82680
Yeah I'm sure the increased labour-voting youth turnout will have had nothing to do with it.
|>>|| No. 82681
Yet when I say Blair's main victory was John Major making a tit of himself...
|>>|| No. 82682
Fuck me, lads. I'm glued to the screen. I wanted to be in bed two hours ago.
|>>|| No. 82683
Current swing from Tory to Labour: 0.9%. Massive shift innit. Given how she's handled this election, he should be crushing it.
... people quite rightly point out that you're full of shit, citing the vote totals as evidence.
|>>|| No. 82684
You mean the vote totals showing that turnout was already at a postwar low? 🤔
|>>|| No. 82686
Yes, those ones that show that in the face of a substantial drop in turnout Labour still gained two million votes on a 10% swing. That's not victory by default, it's a clear decisive result.
|>>|| No. 82687
So Scotland is going to prop up the Tories this time?
|>>|| No. 82688
I've never claimed it wasn't decisive. The thrust of it is that the swing was caused by the Tories being shit more than Labour's own appeal. (With the cascading effect of inevitability, etc, etc.)
Or basically just John Smith's alleged "Oppositions don't win elections, Government's lose them" outlook. (Even if the opposition can control the margins.)
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