The postal votes are out there now. In Brighton Pavilion, something like 10000 voters will be voting postally. It’s astonishing.
It’s also tantalising to wonder what those ballots cast could tell us but that must elude us. The postal vote packs went out last week and a great percentage have been returned already.
It does make me wonder a bit. Gordon Brown had his gaffe last week (and plenty of people have said to me that they think he had a point) so what if Cameron or Clegg have one of similar magnitude this week? Will people who have already cast their ballot regret their promptness?
It has also changed the dynamics of the local campaign. We’ve been calling and cajoling our friends to make sure they send their ballot paper back in good time. A good chunk of Labour support has hopefully already made their vote.
I voted by post in 2005 because I was away with work. I found it a very unsatisfactory experience. I like going to the polling station, marking my cross and dropping my paper into the box. It feels more real, somehow.
Anyway, public service bit coming up. If you have opted to vote by post and don’t get it into the post in time, don’t forget that you can drop it off (signed and sealed) into a polling station on polling day itself.